Three Florida Churches Report on the Toronto Blessing in February, 1995

Lessons to Learn Before the Next Move of God!

These are extraordinary letters written by three church pastors in Florida that show even an anti-charismatic church responding well to this move of God that has been so controversial. The friendship of the pastors made this all possible. Their love for one another before this move allowed them to trust each other enough to test out this move together. Well worth the read!

I know a lot about all this. I was heavily involved in it for years. God changed my life in wonderful ways. I also learned some hard lessons about myself and about others.  I love the leaders of the Toronto Blessing–The Arnotts and Randy Clark. They are very dear to me.

Another wave of revival is coming. I can feel it in my spirit. Many people can worldwide.  We need to learn from this last move of God so we can coach others to live in revival times for the greatest glory of God and for the salvation of millions!

The letters can be found here.

Praise Is Not an Option!

We have to--even in the worst of times. Remember Job?

This is from my son’s wife, Abigail. She leads intercessors in her church and knows a lot about how to deal with suffering. 
 Job praised the Lord..anyway!

In the past few months I have seen, heard, and experienced some really tough times.  

People have lost jobs and there has been financial struggles.  I have seen hearts broken from divorce and broken relationships.  People have died.  People are sick.  There are those with agonizing chronic illnesses.  I met someone who was homeless and was pleading with the Lord for a safe place to call home.  There is anger and strife; depression and anxiety.  There is despair, heartache, pain, and loss.  There are many disappointments and many tears shed.  And then the Lord reminded me of Job.

According to God, Job was the finest man in all the earth.  A man of integrity and prosperity.  A man that feared the Lord and stayed away from evil.  Do you know anyone like that?  God loved Job so much that even Satan couldn’t get to him because of the wall of protection around him, his home, and his property.

 Job was a wealthy man owning thousands of animals and many servants.  He was a family man.  He loved his children so much and held God in such high reverence that he would purify his children by offering burnt sacrifices to the Lord.  He was a well known man.  So well known, that Satan himself had his eye on him.  Now, I know we know how the story goes.  Satan petitions the Lord to test him.  God agrees.  

In his first test, there were four big blows and all at the same time.  Animals were stolen, farmhands killed, fire burned his sheep and all his shepherds, camels were stolen and more servants killed, and last but not least, all his children died.  Can you imagine?  And that was just the first test.  All of this news coming to you at one time, one messenger after another delivering heart wrenching news.  

Do you know what Job did?  He worshiped!  He fell to the ground and worshiped.  He lost everything he owned and everything he cherished.  In his deep pain, grief, and disappointment he fell to the ground and worshiped his God.  Job 1:21, “…The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away.  Praise the name of the Lord!”  His response to all that news was “Praise the name of Lord.”  

Let us be encouraged this month to worship and praise our precious Lord in all the heartache, suffering, and grief.  Job’s response was not at all what the Accuser, Satan, was expecting or anticipating.  Job’s act of worship and praise was a threat to the enemy.  Graham Cooke in his book, “Qualities of a Spiritual Warrior”, states, “Praise is not an option.  It is an absolute necessity, like air and water.  Your revelation of God must result in a praise proclamation against the enemy.”  

Attention Intercessors: You are warriors!  We must worship and praise even in all the tragedies.  It only takes a few to set the example for others.  It may not bring the dead back to life, heal you instantly, or put money in your bank account.  But it will change the atmosphere.  It will glorify God, advance His purposes for his kingdom, and it will kill the enemy.  It takes practice. Will you join me as God teaches us how to praise and worship in the midst of a dying and corrupt world?  We must first learn it for ourselves so that we may demonstrate it to others.

 The next time you receive some devastating news, as Job’s friends put it, “his suffering was too great for words” kind of news.  And whether it affects you directly or someone you are praying with, let us fall to the ground in holy worship and praise the name of the Lord.  

It’s not going to be easy, but as God encourages us and teaches us we can say as Job did in 23:10, “But he knows where I am going.  And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold.”          

You are oh so treasured and like Job, some of the finest men and women I know.



Abigail Fox

This is a Facebook Live video from Dr. Jonathan Welton who is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/drjonathanwelton/

I put this on Youtube just to get this important message out to more people. It can be hard linking to a FB video if you are not on Facebook.

This video presents the best possible Christian answer to the burning question: “What do we do about the North Korean Missle Crisis?”  This dream just happened apparently.

When he becomes a follower of Jesus, his testimony and changed behavior will rock the world and possibly protect many from a war in Asia–and set his nation free to enjoy their lives with greater prosperity and freedom.

 

NOW is the time to pray for the salvation of Kim Jong Un and his family!

Does God Want His Children to Confess Their Sins to Him?

A new debate. Why?

Anyone who says they love someone and chooses not to apologize when they hurt them–deliberately or not–is very confused about how to have a close, loving relationship. If we love God and yet sin against him, we should apologize and ask forgiveness to repair the quality of the relationship. If we sin seriously and persistently, we can lose any relationship–even with God. ( viz. “Because of the multiplication of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. 13But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.” –Matt. 24:13

God’s People Have Always Confessed Sin

The Jews repented for their sins for 1500 years–at God’s command.

Jesus ( Who is THE TRUTH ( i.e. He cannot say anything that is not eternally true. He only said what the Father told Him to say) taught His disciples to confess sin for forgiveness ( Lord’s prayer), the early church confessed its sins ( 1 John 1:8-9 is written to Christians–as are all the books of the Bible. There is no real proof to the contrary).

God warned the Ephesian Church to repent or face severe discipline:
Rev. 2:5 ‘Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place — unless you repent.”

Why would God suddenly not want His children to confess sins to repair the quality of the relationship? Heb 12 teaches that God disciplines us so we will become more righteous–because He loves us, like a good Father.

This new-fangled teaching ( 10 years old?) that we do not need to confess sin to repair the closeness of our relationship with God is pure nonsense. It does not work in any human relationship and humans were made in God’s image. That should tell you something.

We want apologies because God wants apologies –and He has always taught His children to confess and apologize. He wants us to confess and repent of sin so He can bless us more. Every command is meant to open new pathways to bless and protect us.

His discipline for unrepentant sin is to give us more motivation to repent so He can draw closer to us and bless us more. That’s what a good Father does!!

Get Paid to Teach English at this American-based School in Kosova

Apply ASAP!

 

Must Apply Quickly!  This position will not last long.  Great opportunity for someone who wants to do carry the Gospel overseas.

Paid Ministry Position

Get Paid to Teach English at this American-based School in Kosova

Ever wish you could teach English overseas in a predominantly Muslim land and get paid for it? Now you can. But you need to act fast. This opportunity is literally up for grabs in the next month. The teacher would be responsible for one class of 9th graders, two classes of 10th graders, and one class of 11th graders. Class sizes average between 11 and 15. The school will provide round trip airfare and pay a living stipend while you’re in Kosova of 1000 Euros a month. Many of their teachers live in complete contentment on this pay.One of the school board members stated, “It is hard to state how important it is for us to find an English teacher for our American based English speaking school.

It is VERY important that the teacher be someone who is committed to Jesus and for them to shine for Him here in Kosova. Certification is not required.” Inquire at…
jwchesnut2@yahoo.com