Thursday, March 31, 2011

TAKING A STAND FOR CHRIST IN KANSAS




TAKING A STAND FOR CHRIST IN KANSAS

Thank God for men like Joe Wright , a minister who was asked to open the new sessions of the Kansas Senate, in 1996 when everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard: 


THE PRAYER 

Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask Your forgiveness and to seek Your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, "Woe to those who call evil good,," but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. 
We confess: 
We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it Pluralism. 
We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism. 
We have endorsed perversion and called it alternative lifestyle. 
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. 
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. 
We have killed our unborn and called it choice. 
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. 
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem. 
We have abused power and called it politics. 
We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. 
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. 
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. 
Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. 
Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent to direct us to the center of your will. I ask it in the Name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. 



The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In six short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church subsequently received international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa, and Korea. Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on "The Rest of the Story" on the radio and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

I'm Amazed/Amazing Grace - Jason Crabb/The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Prophecy for Appalachia

 
A Prophecy for Appalachia

Appalachia has been the object of ridicule for many, many years.  We have borne the "Beverly Hillbillies" stereotype for too long.  The real ignorance is among those who verbalize such bigoted nonsense.  We have a rich heritage of God in this beautiful and historic region.

The largest ethnic group in Appalachia is the Scots - Irish, who left their native land by the thousands long ago.  Due to generations of atrocities by the English in their motherland, they did not settle in the English Tidewater of Virginia.   They chose the wild, mountain wilderness of Appalachia to call home.

As early as the 1500's, great awakenings swept through Scotland and Northern Ireland.  Marvelous awakenings occurred during the summer Presbyterian "Sacramental Services" (communion services).  June marked the beginning of these high holy days. Thousands were swept into the Kingdom of God.  The Scots-Irish immigrants brought that same faith and heritage of revival with them to Appalachia.  The Sacramental Service was the forefather of the unique Appalachian phenomena - the camp meeting.

The Second Great Awakening in 1801 exploded in all its divine glory in Appalachia at a Scots - Irish Presbyterian communion service at Cane Ridge, Kentucky.  In this backwoods log church, one-tenth of the population of Kentucky came by foot, wagon and horseback to the astonishment of the pastor of the church, Barton Stone.  Between 20,000 to 30,000 not only came but stayed for seven days!  Even the Governor of Kentucky attended.  The heavens were rent and God came down!   Thousands of lives were radically changed by the New Birth.   Miraculous signs, wonders, and healings were common place.  At least a thousand fell to the ground under the power of the Holy Spirit. Forgetting their denominational allegiances, Presbyterian, Methodist and Baptist labored together.  The Awakening swept through Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and throughout the South.  What is called the "Bible Belt of the South" today is nothing more than a residue of this Great Move of God.  God turned horse thieves, murderers, drunkards, adulterers and sinners into men and women of great piety.  The Awakening changed the very fabric of Southern society.  It still is the foundation of culture in the South today!!

Some historians have stated that the Second Great Awakening bypassed West Virginia.  THIS IS NOT TRUE!!
During the time of the great Cane Ridge revival, Presbyterians were meeting in the farm house of William Poage in Hillsboro, Pocahontas County, Virginia (West Virginia).  Meetings were held in homes before the church building was erected.  On one special night in 1801, many had gathered at the Poage home to hear the testimonies of two young men who had come from the Great Cane Ridge Awakening.  Traveling by horseback and buggy, 20 young people and their pastor, Rev. William Wilson, from Old Stone Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg came also to hear these men.  As the young men began to tell of the wonders that they experienced at Cane Ridge,  the Holy Spirit fell upon the hearers.  The Glory of the Lord filled the Poage home.  The saints of God wept, shouted, fell under the power of the Holy Spirit and sang the glories of the Lord.  The Second Great Awakening had arrived in Hillsboro!!  As the believers left that cottage prayer service, the power of God swept throughout Hillsboro and Pocahontas County.  The pastor of Old Stone Church and his young people headed over the mountain for Lewisburg shouting, singing and praising God.  The Awakening hit Old Stone Church and Lewisburg like a hurricane.  From there, the Second Great Awakening swept all over West Virginia!  Thousands were converted.
  
Appalachian people have either lost or forgotten their rich spiritual heritage.  We have bought into the cultural inferiority complex imposed upon us by today's dominant culture.  NO MORE!!!!  Appalachian people have responded to every great move of God in unprecedented numbers!   We must understand and recapture our rich spiritual heritage. God is about to visit us again!

As I stood on the site of the old Poage farm, I pondered the holy things that had taken place there.  I felt a residue of Divine Presence still remaining.  I wept and offered up a prayer to the Father to "do it again, Lord!"  Finney once said, "The Lord our God be with us as He was with our fathers. May He not leave us or forsake us."   We have abandoned the God of our fathers.  Like the prodigal son, we must repent and make our way back home to Him.

The Holy Spirit is now hovering and brooding over Appalachia.  The very heavens above us are heavy with His Presence.  Heaven is about to rain down upon us! God is going to visit Appalachia once again!  As the old prophet said, "I hear the sound of abundance of rain!"  God has not forgotten you, oh Appalachia!

"In that day the mountains will drip new wine, and the hills will flow with milk; all the ravines ... will run with water. A fountain will flow out of the Lord's house and will water the valley of acacias."  Joel 3:18

Thursday, March 17, 2011

"THE TIME OF SHAKING" - A Powerful EndTime Prophecy

"THE TIME OF SHAKING"
Lance Lambert.
"For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts." Haggai 2:6-7


(This prophecy was given by Lance Lambert in 1986 in a Prophetic 
Conference in Jerusalem. 153 prophets from 30 to 40 nations had 
gathered to wait upon and to hear from the Lord. The highlights of 
this prophecy to the entire body of Christ are as follows...)

"It will not be long before there will come upon the world a time of
unparalleled upheaval and turmoil. Do not fear for it is I the Lord 
who am shaking all things. I began this shaking with the first world 
war and I greatly increased it through the second world war. Since 
1973 I have given it an even greater impetus. In the last stage, I 
plan to complete it with the shaking of the universe itself, with 
signs in sun and moon and stars. But before that point is reached, 
I will judge the nations and the time is near. It will not only be by 
war and civil war, by anarchy and terrorism, and by monetary 
collapses that I will judge the nations, but also by natural disasters: 
by earthquakes, by shortages and famines and by old and new 
plague diseases. I will also judge them by giving them over to their 
own ways, the lawlessness, to loveless selfishness, to delusion 
and to believing a lie; to false religion and an apostate church, 
even to a Christianity without me. 

Do not fear when these things begin to happen, for I disclose these 
things to you before they commence in order that you might be 
prepared, and that in the day of trouble and of evil you may stand 
firm and overcome. For I purpose that you may become the means 
of encouraging and strengthening many who love me but who are 
weak. I desire that through you many may become strong in me, 
and that multitudes of others might find my salvation through you.

"And hear this! Do not fear the power of the Kremlin, nor the power 
of the Islamic Revolution, for I plan to break both of them through 
Israel. I will bring down their pride and their arrogance, and shatter 
them because they have blasphemed my name. In that day I will 
avenge the blood of all the martyrs and of the innocent ones whom 
they have slaughtered. I will surely do this thing for they have 
thought that there was no one to judge them. But I have seen their 
ways and I have heard the cries of the oppressed and of the 
persecuted and I will break their power and make an end of them. 

Be ye therefore prepared for when all this comes to pass, to you 
will be given the great opportunity to preach the Gospel freely to 
all nations. In the midst of all the turmoil and shaking, and at the 
heart of everything, is My Church. In the heavenlies. She is joined 
to Me in one Spirit and I have destined Her for the throne. You 
who are My beloved, whom I have redeemed and anointed - you 
are Mine. I will equip and empower you and you will rise up and 
do great things in My Name, even in the midst of darkness and 
evil. For I will reveal My power, and My grace and glory through 
you. Do not hold back nor question My ways with you for in all 
My dealings with you I have always in mind that you should be 
part of My Bride and reign with Me. Do not forget that this requires 
discipline and training. So yield to Me that I might do a work in 
you in the time which is left for I plan even during all this shaking 
the Bride will make Herself ready.

"For in the midst of these judgments multitudes upon multitudes 
will be saved from the nations. You will hardly know how to bring 
the harvest in, but my Spirit will equip you for the task. And to Israel, 
will I also turn in that day, and I will melt the hardening which has 
befallen her. I will turn their blindness into clear sight, and tear away 
the veil on their heart. Then shall they be redeemed with heart 
bursting joy, and it will become a fountain of new and resurrection 
life to the whole company of the redeemed.

"Do not fear for these days, for I have purposed that you shall stand 
with Me and serve Me in them. Fear not, for I love you and I will 
protect you and equip you. I, the Lord, will anoint you with a new 
anointing and you will work My works and fulfill My counsel. You 
shall stand before Me, the Lord of the whole earth and serve Me 
with understanding and with power and you shall reign with Me 
during these days. Above all, I call you to be intercessors."