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Friday, May 27, 2016

Lonnie Frisbee Can't Be Ignored

Friday, May 27, 2016


Personal Encounter: Lonnie's Lasting Impact Overseas

 

The impact of Lonnie Frisbee's ministry goes much further than a lot of people realize. 
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There are to this day reverberations still going on from the impact of his ministry. 
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In fact, Ken Fish, a minister who comes out of the early Vineyard, said in a comment to the recent post I wrote on Lonnie Frisbee:
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 “This is an article that anyone who is interested in the origins of the modern "move of the Spirit" should read. 
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Virtually everything that is going on right now in the Revival Alliance, Partners in Harvest, Bethel [Bill Johnson, Redding, Ca], Global Awakening, Iris Ministries [Heidi Baker], and more, has its roots somewhere and somehow in the move of God that began on Mother's Day that Bryan Marleaux writes about here.”
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 (If you didn't get a chance to read this post, click here)

Overseas Impact


The Lord also used Lonnie extensively overseas, in various places such as England, South Africa, and Brazil, where there were those who experienced a powerful impact of the work of the Holy Spirit.

Scandinavia was another one of those places where the Lord used Lonnie.
 Some significant moves of God took place in both Sweden and Denmark through Lonnie’s ministry that saved and revived many people. 
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We, through a divine appointment on our last trip to Scandinavia, encountered first-hand someone whose life was changed and completely turned around by the way Christ worked through the Frizz.

Prophetic Correspondence 


Right before we left on our last ministry trip to Europe, our friend David Sloane, a prophetic minister who has been used by God many times to bless and encourage our lives, sent us a recording of our late friend Lonnie Frisbee.
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 The recording was from when Lonnie was ministering in Sweden back in the day. 
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We didn't know that we would encounter someone in Sweden shortly after listening to that recording, who got caught in the line of fire and whose life was never the same: turned around for good by the power of God.

A Little Background on Lonnie Frisbee


For those who may be unaware, Lonnie was used by the Lord as one of the pioneers of the Jesus People Revival. 
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After ministering in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury district where this move originated, he later teamed up, through a divine appointment, with Chuck Smith at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.

He was instrumental in getting things off the ground there, and as the main evangelist for some of the crucial early years, he also led some notable figures to the Lord including Mike Macintosh (pastor of one San Diego’s largest churches), Tommy Coomes (became a prominent worship leader with the Billy Graham organization) as well as Greg Laurie (pastor of Harvest Churches and evangelist of Harvest Crusades).
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Laurie was also discipled by Frisbee for roughly a 5-year period.
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 Lonnie also started Laurie’s church in Riverside, California with Fred and Ruth Waugh. 
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 Frisbee, in fact, was used by God as the preacher and evangelist out there in Riverside for about a year and a half, before Greg Laurie ever came in and that was after Lonnie left to do other things. 
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Greg Laurie took over as pastor after Lonnie had departed and Laurie changed the name to Harvest.
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Frisbee was also instrumental in what would become the Vineyard movement (as I shared previously) introducing it to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the famed Mother's Day service where the outpouring first took place. 
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 Lonnie modeled and exemplified early on the ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit. 

John Wimber states in his book Power Evangelism that the Mother's Day service was the first power encounter of his life.
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 Wimber synthesized and theologized much of what he experienced about operating in the power of God as Lonnie ministered in those seminal early days in what developed into the Vineyard.

John Wimber then taught on the Power of God in a systematic, palatable form that many in the body of Christ could readily digest through his conferences, seminars, tapes, and books. 

It should be needless to say, but isn't, that Lonnie Frisbee’s impact on these movements: Jesus People, Calvary, Harvest, and the Vineyard, was hugely instrumental and influential. 

For many years, Chuck Smith had pastored only a small church he couldn’t get to grow before teaming up with Frisbee.
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 He couldn’t get past what Peter Wagner loosely refers to as a small church barrier. 
That was until Frisbee showed up and things began to move into what eventually became a revival amongst the youth and hippies.

Greg Laurie’s impact as an evangelist came from those seminal early times witnessing Frisbee as the leading Jesus People evangelist in those early days and being discipled by him.

One should also consider John Wimber’s statement that his first ever encounter with the power of God was at the Mother’s Day service (1) where Frisbee ministered in the power of the Holy Spirit and also that Wimber’s four subsequent books in his life are based on the power of God :
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 Power EvangelismPower HealingPower Encounters, and Power Points, to see the impact. Wimber had written nothing of this sort nor had any experience in this area prior to this.

Back to the Story about Sweden


When David Sloane sent that recording to us before we left to Europe, it turned out to be more prophetic than either of us anticipated. 
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While ministering in Småland, Sweden, we ended up having a powerful and unexpected divine appointment with a man who was radically saved and filled with the Holy Spirit through Lonnie back on one of those trips Frisbee had made to Europe:

We had just finished ministering in a small town in Småland and we were stoked at how the Lord really touched, filled and saved some of the youth. 
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We were now trying to figure out how we were going to get to the main train station the next day, since it was quite a distance (about an hour and a half away) and our friends that we were staying with weren't available to take us.

We were glad when a man from one of the churches we had ministered at told our friends he could give us a lift since he would be heading there the next day.

The next morning, he showed up with a roomy station wagon, which was really cool already, as it meant we wouldn't have to be all crammed in with our luggage. 
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It is common in Europe to drive tiny cars that get quite cramped if you stick a few people plus luggage in them.

As we got going we were just chitchatting about different things, when he nonchalantly began to tell us how he came to know the Lord.

He began to share that he had gotten saved and radically filled with the Holy Spirit when a guy named Lonnie Frisbee came to minister in Sweden years back around the time of the Jesus People Revival. 
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Our ears perked up and we listened closely as he told us what happened:

He had been raised in a traditional church in Sweden, but the extreme liberal bent of the state churches and traditional fellowships there, left him, like it has with many others, without the saving message of the Gospel and steeped in unbelief. 
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He said he actually had no faith at all, dead religion just doesn't get the lost saved!

But then a hippie preacher came to town.

He went to a meeting that this hippie preacher Lonnie was doing. Jan showed up drunk and only went there out of some kind of feeling of obligation.

However, his brother was there too, and he had a severe knee injury and wasn't able to walk unassisted. 
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 Lonnie called his brother forward in the meeting to pray for him after he gave his message. 

Frisbee laid hands on him and began to speak forth healing to the injured knee, and his brother began experiencing the power of God.
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 He could feel something was going on in his knee. After some prayer he just got up and started walking and than began to run around the room. 

Knowing the severity of his brother’s injury and that unless God had touched him he couldn't move and run like this, Jan was confronted with the reality of the Kingdom of God.

He was shaken out of his drunken state by what was happening. 
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In a state of awakening, confronted by the Kingdom of God, he came forward and he and his brother received Christ and got saved.

After they accepted Jesus Lonnie then began to pray for them to be baptized in the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit began to fill him with the Father’s love, power, and grace.
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 He had never experienced anything like this before in his life. 
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The Spirit of God filled him, and filled him, and filled him with His presence and he was there receiving for like 3 or 4 hours under the power of God. 
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He experienced a radical baptism in the Holy Spirit.
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 It was a life changing moment that reset his life's course.

He gave his life to the Lord that day and has walked with Christ ever since. 
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He is still actively serving the Lord to this day and walking in the Spirit. 
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He regularly does mission trips to different places and ministers himself.

Similar Experiences 


I noticed how we both shared similar experiences: 
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I shared with Jan how I also had been baptized in the Holy Spirit for like 3 or 4 hours when I first got filled with the Holy Spirit through Lonnie’s ministry back in the day. 
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I told him what a life-changing thing it was for me as well.

It was quite the experience to meet someone halfway around the world who experienced the same thing through the same evangelist, Lonnie Frisbee.
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 We felt the presence of God filling the atmosphere inside the car as we talked and drove along.

Youth Touched in Meeting 


We also shared with Jan about how the Lord blessed and impacted a number of people and filled them with the Spirit when we just ministered there in Småland:

I shared how we had done some meetings where the adults were being ministered to, but we wanted to find a way to see some of the youth impacted as well.

Our friendsä son named Daniel came up with an idea: let’s take them out on a boat ride before coming over for a special meeting as a way to stir some fun and interest into the mix to get the youth in the area interested in coming out. 

A good-sized group of about ten to twelve kids responded and showed up, so we had them out for a short sailboat ride and then had them come up afterwards for some dessert and to share a bit.

After dessert, Mercedes and I began to share some Holy Ghost Surf Stories and some adventures we’ve had serving the Lord in different places in the world. 
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This got their attention as it wasn't a churchy type of message but more of adventures we’ve had in the Lord. Some of the kids were unchurched and others went to church but some were quite nominal (the state of things in Europe today). 

We could feel the Holy Spirit starting to break through the walls and barriers there.
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 We then had our friends’ son Lucas share how he had been ministered to by the Holy Spirit when we prayed for him earlier that very day. 

The Spirit of God had come upon Lucas powerfully earlier when we were just talking to him and eating lunch with him. 
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The presence of God began to overwhelm him as tears just filled his eyes. 
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We began praying for him and the presence of God filled him in a powerful way.
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 He could barely eat his sandwich afterwards it got drenched by his tears.

As Lucas shared with the group what happened at lunch we began to transition as we were feeling the leading of the Spirit to begin minister to some of them there. 

The Lord began to touch and fill some of the young people as we ministered. 


As we continued, I felt drawn to go talk to two girls who were hanging in the back of the group and being quite shy. 
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With our friend Maisi, I inquired if they had ever received Jesus as their Savior.

They told us that they had not. So we ended up sharing and explaining the Gospel with them while Mercedes, Lucas, and some others continued praying over the other youth. 

After explaining how Jesus had died for our sins and rose to give us eternal life, we asked if they wanted to receive Christ. 
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They responded affirmatively so we led them in prayer to receive Jesus as their Savior and Lord.

We saw that the Holy Spirit was at work so we said, “Let's also pray for you guys to be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

The Spirit of God began to slowly and gently come upon them, just lightly touching them at first. Then, after a bit, the power of God began to radically increase upon them. 
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Then tears began to stream down their faces.
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 It just became more and more powerful as we prayed for them, and they collapsed down onto the couch as the Lord filled them and they gave each other a big, long, bear hug, and then surprisingly these two who had just gotten saved began to pray for one another and minister to each other. 

They had been very shy and reserved and quiet, sitting in the back not involved just prior to this. 
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Now the Lord had taken hold of them and they were being transformed before our eyes. 

After praying for one another for a while they began to lay hands on others there and get words for them.
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 This was blowing my mind as nobody told them to do this or even encouraged them. 
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But God was immediately using them as they let the Holy Spirit work in them.

The presence of God just kept being poured out and the meeting went long into the night.
 In fact, our hosts got so tired they finally went to bed. 
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But not these newly saved and filled young ladies. 
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They were so filled with joy after all the Lord did, they seemed ready to stay up all night, and in fact didn't leave until about three in the morning. 

They all showed up at the next church service we did and brought other friends with them. 
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The Holy Spirit was poured out especially on the whole of the youth that night and they stayed long after the meeting was over praying and ministering to one another.

The mother of one of these two young ladies who got saved at that special youth meeting came up to us. 
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She told us how thankful she was that her daughter had finally been saved, explaining to us how she had been praying for her for many years. 

God heard her prayers even though His answer to that prayer did tarry for a long time. 
He also uses unexpected vessels sometimes to answer and do His will! 

Vessels indeed:
 He used a sailboat ride to get them out to a meeting they normally wouldn't go to on a Friday night and some American surfer sharing Holy Ghost Stories to bring them into the kingdom. 
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The Lord used a Hippie preacher to save Jan and many, many others, as well as to impact a large segment of the Body of Christ. 
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He’ll use any vessel that will surrender to His will and follow Him.

Footnotes

(1) Wimber, John with Kevin Springer. Power Evangelism (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1986) 23-26.
 Your donations to Grace World Mission do not buy mansions in Ritz Cove Dana Point or anywhere else.
They actually go to the ministry that you intended it to go to, evangelistic mission fields.

I know of no other ministry that does not enrich its self from the donations.

This is not Bethel or any other sly monetized efforts of man disguised as a ministry.

This is a husband and wife team that have been genuinely impacted by the Holy Spirit to preach Christ around the world while "walking in the Spirit." 

I totally endorse this ministry!

Your "Jesus dollars" will be a true investment in ministry and bringing in the sheep.
  
David Sloane

Secret Text In Senate Bill Would Give FBI Warrantless Access To Email Records (theintercept.com)

A provision snuck into the still-secret text of the Senate's annual intelligence authorization would give the FBI the ability to demand individuals' email data and possibly web-surfing history from their service providers using those beloved 'National Security Letters' -- without a warrant and in complete secrecy.

[The spy bill passed the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, with the provision in it. 

The lone no vote came from Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who wrote in a statement that one of the bill's provisions "would allow any FBI field office to demand email records without a court order, a major expansion of federal surveillance powers."

 If passed, the change would expand the reach of the FBI's already highly controversial national security letters. 

The FBI is currently allowed to get certain types of information with NSLs -- most commonly, information about the name, address, and call data associated with a phone number or details about a bank account.

 The FBI's power to issue NSLs is actually derived from the Electronic Communications Privacy Act -- a 1986 law that Congress is currently working to update to incorporate more protections for electronic communications -- not fewer. 

The House unanimously passed the Email Privacy Act in late April, while the Senate is due to vote on its version this week. 

"NSLs have a sordid history.

 They've been abused in a number of ways, including targeting of journalists and use to collect an essentially unbounded amount of information," Andrew Crocker, staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, wrote.

 One thing that makes them particularly easy to abuse is that recipients of NSLs are subject to a gag order that forbids them from revealing the letters' existence to anyone, much less the public.]

Evil men at work.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Spinheads

New Meaning Of "Frog Leggs."

Antibiotic-Resistant E Coli Reaches The US For The First Time (reuters.com)

A woman in Pennsylvania has contracted a strain of E Coli that is unaffected by all known legal antibiotics, including the antibiotics of last resort.

 We have had bacteria that were resistant, but this is the first bacteria that is completely immune.

 Such bacteria were known in China, but since the woman has not traveled recently it means she contracted it in the wild in the USA. 

 This is a major step toward the terrifying post-antibiotic world.

Jesus Was A Faith Healer

Medical Science verses Divine Healing

Pastor Tilson Shumate

It would seem that God has chosen not to heal very often in our present day.

Those who know better than that, have in an attempt to bring healing, brought much opposition upon themselves and the body of Christ.

To some, it is viewed as a reproach against the church, to others it is simply the offense of the cross.

Faith for divine healing is always met with the majority opposing it.

Whether, saved or unsaved, people have immediate doubt when they cannot see immediate results.

Though they are also uncertain about Medical science, and need several doctors’ opinions, they still feel they are more likely to get results from doctors.

 Prayer is usually secondary, and all forms of spiritual activity are postponed until all else fails.

In medical science, doctors are revered for administering treatment, more than ministers are for offering the prayer of faith. 

Even in the face of conflicting reports, doctors are treated like gods.

People get sick, and people die, with or without medical science; yet, many times, healing ministries are ridiculed and God is often blamed.

 When faith for the miraculous is overlooked, earnest prayer becomes a last resort.

 Certainly, there are times we need medical attention, but more certain than that we always need prayer.

The legal prescription, drug lords of America, advertise heavily for their multi billion dollar drug trafficking industry.

When Jesus, the great physician, begins to release His healing virtue in these last days, it will be a major threat to the legalized drug pushing industry.

Christians will be arrested and even killed for administering Divine Healing.

Hospitals are in the healing business. 

They make their money by treating illnesses to the best of their ability.

 It is both noble and necessary in a world that is riddled with sickness and disease.

I commend them for their compassion, sympathy and devotion.

Not all doctors are corrupt; not all preachers and not all priests.

There is a pure and true healing ministry that will burst on the last day’s scene in such power that multitudes will bypass medical science in search of the divine.

This will cause such an upheaval in the world of merchandising miracle drugs that it will launch a multi million dollar effort to discredit and stop Christian from (what they will call) practicing medicine without a license.

Many, who understand the validity of natural cures, can appreciate what I am saying. 

Insurance companies are largely cooperating with muscling out natural cures; by not insuring those who prefer that type of treatment over expensive prescriptions that may lead to addiction and possible side effects.

Soon the world will witness Jesus Christ as the healer of all their diseases.

That same Jesus, who lives in every believer by God’s Holy Spirit, will be persecuted to a degree never thought possible in a civilized world.

 If the love of money is the hidden root of all evil, you can imagine what the visible fruit of that tree might be.

Pastor Tilson Shumate
 http://shekinahfellowship.blogspot.com/

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I found this testimony in my archives. 


Barbara Shlemon, a nurse, tells the story.

One night in 1964 the Lord taught me a lesson about His love which was to change my ideas about suffering and, ultimately, the course of my life. As a professional nurse, I was assigned to the evening shift of a medical surgical ward in a small Midwest hospital.

The report we received from the day shift showed one patient in a comatose condition who would probably expire during the night.

The situation was particularly sad because the patient was a young mother of three small children who had put up a valiant fight for her life during her stay in the hospital.

 As I entered her room to check the flow of her intravenous bottles, I was overcome with sorrow at the sight.

The woman's weight had dropped to 90 pounds, most of it concentrated in fluid in her abdomen, which gave her the appearance of a nine month pregnancy.

Her arms and legs were like toothpicks; she had lost all the hair on her body, and jaundice colored her skin a deep yellow.

 She did not appear to respond to any kind of stimuli, and her breathing was shallow and irregular.

I glanced at her husband across the room and wished there were words which could convey to him some comfort. The death of his wife seemed very near.

Back at the nurse's station I confessed my feelings of inadequacy to Harriet Saxton, the other nurse on duty with me.

She agreed that the situation was grave but she didn't believe it was hopeless.

I knew Harriet to be a devote Episcopalian with a deep faith that God really answered prayer.

 I felt, however, that she was being unrealistic in believing God could or would intervene in this case.

Undaunted by my skepticism, she approached the husband with the suggestion that he contact his parish priest to anoint his wife with the sacrament of 'extreme unction.'

For many years this sacrament of anointing with oil was looked upon as a preparation for death, the final unction.

 Harriet explained that the Vatican Council had undertaken to return the concept of this sacrament to it's original emphasis, the sacrament of the sick.

It was to be administered as a means of healing.

The husband took a long while to consider this action and finally decided there was no other recourse.

The priest who answered the call was at the hospital within minutes.

 An elderly man, pastor of the local Catholic church, he quietly read through the Latin ritual, pausing at intervals to apply the holy oil to the sick woman's body.

He also brought the Holy Eucharist with him in the form of a small host, but the woman was in too deep a coma to accept it.

The priest gently touched it to her lips and left the hospital.

The whole procedure had only taken minutes, no visible changes had occurred in the patient's condition, and I went off duty that night thinking we had instilled false hope in a hopeless case.

The next afternoon found me back on duty.

 As I walked past the dying woman's room, I glanced in and froze in my tracks.


 She was sitting up at the side of the bed sipping soup.

I couldn't believe it!

The day nurse walking past me said, matter of factly, "She took a turn for the better last night."

My initiation into the healing power of Jesus Christ had begun and I could hardly contain my curiosity about the subject.

I began reading the scriptures and discovered the great number of gospel texts concerned with healings.

 It had never occurred to me that such phenomena could be possible in the 20th century.

David Sloane

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 More thoughts on healing ministry...

Jesus Christ has given His apostles as much a commission to heal as to teach.


On the basis of the New Testament evidence that seemed irrefutable.

So, if the Church still claimed Christ's commission to teach, what happened to the allied commission to heal and cast out demons?

Can we believe that if we prayed for people they might be healed?

Consider the possibility that God might use your prayers to heal the sick.

In no way do we conceive prayer for healing as a negation of the need for doctors, nurses, counselors, psychiatrists or pharmacists.

God works in all these ways to heal the sick; the ideal is a team effort to get the sick well through every possible means.

Never the less I am aware that some prayer can have a psychological effect through the power of suggestion.

I am convinced through my own experiences that prayer for healing brings into play forces far beyond what our own unaided humanity contributes.

The healing ministry should be an ordinary, normal part of the life of every Christian community.

Is it possible that God directly heals people?

Does it really happen?

Is there such a thing as healing?

Jesus had a healing ministry in His day.

There are healings in the Gospels.

If the risen Christ is still healing the sick, then there is no problem in making Christianity relevant to the needs of most people today.

But does He still heal?

"Go back and tell John what you have seen and heard; the blind see again, the lame walk...and happy is the man who does not lose faith in Me" Luke 7:22-23.

The simple and the poor followed Jesus in crowds because they saw what happened, while the religious leaders tried to figure out what it all meant.

When the apostles continued Christ's healing ministry the people continued to come in crowds, while the theologians continued to question what was going on.

After the healing of the cripple at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple, the high priests, rulers, elders and scribes arrested Peter and John to question them:

 "Now as they observed the confidence and assurance shown by Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.  

And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in reply. 


But when they had ordered them to leave the Council, they began to confer with one another, saying, “What shall we do with these men? 

For the fact that a noteworthy miracle has taken place through them is apparent to all who live in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 

“But so that it will not spread any further among the people, let us warn them to speak no longer to any man in this name.”
Acts 4:13-17 

And so the first persecution of the infant Church was occasioned not only by the apostle's preaching the resurrection, but by their power of healing in the name of Jesus.

Acts 3:6 Then Peter said, "Silver or gold I do not have, but what ... ... Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have I give you:
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. ...

The actual experience of seeing a crippled man healed confronted the religious people of Jesus day with two decisions to make: one theoretical- was the healing real or not?

And one practical- what should they do about it?

They judged that it was real.

But, as for doing something, they decided to forbid it, because they felt that it was doctrinally unsound ( being connected with with preaching the resurrection of Jesus), and that it would undermine their authority- especially since the preaching and healing were done by "uneducated laymen" (office mail clerks as it were).

Consequently, these religious leaders are again being confronted, not by theories of theologians, but by the witnessing to healing that people- many of them "uneducated laymen"- claim to have experienced.

Consequently, we are faced with an opportunity not merely to discuss a theory, but to make a judgment:

"Is this true?"

And to make a decision:

"Should we do something about it?"

Some of us know from our own experiences that have convinced us that divine healing does happen, and commonly.

Having come to that judgment, we decided that we had better learn as much as we could about this new phenomenon and start praying for the sick.

For us it is no longer an option: if we could help the sick by our prayers, but would not, then we could be in danger of hearing, "Insofar as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to Me." Matthew 25:45

 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.'
Luke 10:9


Praise the name of the Lord!

We have God's blessings to obey and heal the sick.

Healings do take place through prayer.

When Christians do choose to pray for healings there is an extraordinary power present and a number of healings do take place well beyond the realm of chance occurrence.

It is an ancient Christian tradition to pray for the sick.

Intercessory prayer is powerful.

Prayer directed at physical and inner healing does get results.

Jesus wishes to heal humanity through the ministry of healing: sin, inner healing, physical healing, and deliverance from evil spirits.

For some of us it is a battle to conceive that God would answer our prayers for physical needs in a human, physical way.

But He does.

He treats us as human beings, not disembodied spirits.

Christ is still at work among His people just as He was over 2000 years ago, reaching out and healing the sick and wounded.

There remains a stout resistance in many Christians who have a hard time believing that such healings can take place.

Although the Gospels abound with accounts of healings, why is it that in our day many who follow Christ find it so hard to believe that healings can still take place?

It is ironic that many Church leaders, disturbed by the loss of faith among their people, themselves lack a strong, active faith in Christ's power to help the sick and wounded in their flock.

Some people have an obstacle, a stereotyped connection they have made between the healing ministry and faith healers.

The question might be posed, "was Christ a faith healer?"

When we read the gospels, especially Mark, we cannot help being struck by the constant references to Christ's healing ministry; about half the material of the first eight chapters is devoted to narratives of His curing the sick:

"He cured so many that all who were afflicted in any way were crowding forward to touch Him."
Mark 3:10 

Can you imagine what this scene was like?

Would we demean the Lord Himself by classifying him as a "faith healer," with a sense of our own superiority to such a person?

And if it He was not a faith healer, what descriptive word should we use?

No where in the gospel do we see Christ encouraging the sick to live with their illness.

On the contrary, He everywhere treats sickness as a manifestation of the kingdom of Satan which He has come to destroy.






Wednesday, May 25, 2016

I Feel Very Safe US Military Uses 8-Inch Floppy Disks To Coordinate Nuclear Force Operations (cnbc.com)

A new report reveals the U.S. Defense Department is still using 8-inch floppy disks in a computer system that coordinates the operational functions of the nation's nuclear forces


The Defense Department's 1970s-era IBM Series/1 Computer and long-outdated floppy disks handle functions related to intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers and tanker support aircraft, according to the new Governmental Accountability Office report.

 The report shows how outdated IT systems are being used to handle important functions related to the nation's taxpayers, federal prisoners and military veterans, as well as to the America's nuclear umbrella.

 "Federal legacy IT systems are becoming increasingly obsolete:

 Many use outdated software languages and hardware parts that are unsupported," the report found. "Agencies reported using several systems that have components that are, in some cases, at least 50 years old."

 From the report: "GAO pointed out that aging systems include the Treasury Department's 'individual master file,' which is the authoritative data source for individual taxpayers.

 It's used to assess taxes and generates refunds.

That file 'is written in assembly language code -- a low-level computer code that is difficult to write and maintain -- and operates on an IBM mainframe,' the report said."

The report also mentioned that several other departments, such as the departments of Treasury, Commerce, Health and Human Services and the Veterans' Administration, "reported using 1980s and 1990s Microsoft operating systems that stopped being supported by the vendor more than a decade ago."

FCC Formalizes Massive Fines For Selling, Using Cell-Phone Jammers (networkworld.com)

Two years ago the FCC announced its intention to fine a Chinese electronics maker $34.9 million and a Florida man $48,000 for respectively selling and using illegal cell-phone jammers.


 Today the agency has issued press releases telling us that those fines have finally been made official, without either of the offending parties having bothered to mount a formal defense of their actions. 

From the press release announcing the fine against CTS. Technology: "[...] 

The company's website falsely claimed that some jammers had been approved by the FCC, and advertised that the company could ship signal jammers to consumers in the United States.

" The company did not respond to the FCC's allegations, although the agency does report that changes were made to its website that appear to be aimed at complying with U.S. law.

 "Next up is Florida man, Jason R. Humphreys, who is alleged to have used a jammer on his commute: "Mr. Humphreys' illegal operation of the jammer continued for up to two years, caused interference to cellular service along Interstate 4, and disrupted police communications."

  Last Fall, a Chicagoan was arrested for using a cell-phone jammer to make his subway commute more tolerable.

You can still get em' apparently

Keeping Focused On Jesus By Joan Bowe


KEEPING OUR EYES FOCUSED ON JESUS DURING TURBULENT TIMES


Dear Saints,

Recently I have read so many "warnings" coming forth that it is enough to make a person’s head spin!

 Fear is so being generated in the body of Christ that it could leave one weak and fearing what the future holds.

 You hear about the Illuminati, the different "power" sources world wide, Bird virus and other new diseases upon the earth, killer bees, global warming, wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes, strange weather patterns, on and on the list goes.

Many are shaking in their homes, wondering when we are going to be attacked or the new world order will take over.

 Fear! Fear! Fear!!!

Where is the hope we have been given through Christ Jesus?

What report are we giving when these things accost us?

 How focused on Jesus are we when the world around us is in great despair?

I have been seeking the Lord on all this craziness that is going on knowing that something has to be done.

The world is in chaos and many in this world are going to hell in a hand basket.

Strange phrase, "going to hell in a hand basket" but what I understand it to mean is that people are being led to hell without standing against it but are rather being carried in by the plans and schemes of the enemy and the people just go merrily along.

 I think of the many Jews who were lied into going to the gas chambers, thinking they were going to showers.

For many, they had no clue what they were headed into and today Satan continues to mislead people straight to hell. Lord, open their eyes and ears to know Your Truth, in Jesus’ name I pray!

 When I hear of all these dark things I wonder what we are supposed to do as Christians.

 I am but one person, how can I impact these other powers that are in place, gaining momentum?

Lord, what am I to do for Your kingdom’s sake????

These questions have been going forth to the Lord for awhile now.

This morning, during a time of "quiet" when my husband and I were in prayer, I again sought the Lord on what I/we were to do.

 In my spirit I heard the message He has spoken to me before, "Love My people."

 I felt it coming from His Father’s heart, loving all mankind and wanting them to accept Him through His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.

It spoke of those children not yet born to the family of God but to whom He was calling out to.

It was words I marveled at, knowing how messed up the world is and yet His love awaited all those who would receive Him that He sent.

 It came from the voice of Him who loves the unlovable and who is a father to the fatherless.

It was the voice of the Ancient of days reaching out to the young, the old and the in between, "Love My people."

That is so paramount on the heart of our heavenly Father in this hour.

I was surprised that He did not give me direction in our ministry though He did later show me how we could love His people through ministry. Rather, He simple said, "Love My people."

As I was meditating on what God had said, suddenly I was given a thought about when Jesus walked on earth. It was a turbulent time that He was born into.

Israel was occupied by Roman forces and had been by for least 50 years prior to Jesus’ birth.

 Herod was so threatened by the rumored newborn ‘king of the Jews’ that he murdered all the male children who were 2 years old or younger.

A consensus was being taken so the people could be taxed and a heavier burden placed upon their shoulders.

Certainly this wasn’t the best of times for a Jewish child to be growing up into.

Jesus saw the injustices that were done to the Jewish people, crucifixions were common place.

 If we consider it, Jesus didn’t grow up in an environment of freedom but rather in a time of great oppression.

What was His mind set?

What was His course of action in lieu of the darkness and oppression around Him?

 Did He show His followers how they were to come against the evil of their day?

While we know of the wrong being done in our day, of the evil that lurks around and of sin that is being accepted as ‘good’, I wonder how much different is our time compared to the day our Lord grew up.

 Actually, things are probably better for us now in America than they were for Jesus in His time on earth.

 As such, could we not learn much by looking at the way He walked and talked during that time?

 As His followers and joint heirs, would we not want to follow after Him?

While Jesus is considered a political activist of His time, He did not speak out against the government per say as He did about the sin that was present within it.

 It was not an earthy government that He spoke of, but instead told a heavenly government to which we could look, to seek for God‘s kingdom to come upon the earth as it is in heaven.

Storms did not overtake Him or cause Him fear, worry or doubt. Rather, He slept in the midst of a raging sea and when awaken calmly told the storm to be still.

When the Pharisees tried to trick Jesus by asking whether they should pay taxes to the Roman government He did not get angry against the unfairness of the tax but rather said, "Give to Caesar’s that which is Caesar’s and give to God that which is God’s."

 Sounds like pretty good advice to me!

Since we are now called with the same purpose and calling as shown by our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus, should we not be doing the same as Him, not allowing the circumstances around us to shake us but to look to our heavenly Father for guidance and for His will to be revealed to us?

 Are we not new creatures in Christ Jesus, foreigners in this land, ambassadors of our heavenly Father’s Kingdom, and shouldn’t our warfare be done on our knees with our weapons being not carnal but found in folded hands held in meekness and submission to Him, seeking His kingdom and His righteousness and praying that it come to earth as it is in heaven?

Should we not be so broken for those who are living in sin, whose very souls face eternal damnation unless their eyes be opened and they see Christ for who He is - the only Begotten Son of God, sent from our heavenly Father’s heart of love to give mankind an opportunity to receive Jesus Christ as their propitiation for sin that they might not perish and have everlasting life and that they might have the chance to be joint-heirs with Him?

Instead of being so fast to pass judgment on another, are we willing to lay down our lives in service and sacrifice to others as did our Lord Jesus?

Unless we begin to truly meditate and focus on the life of Christ Jesus we are going to see God’s will for us through distorted vision.

If any one of us can honestly say that we have represented out Lord Jesus in all honesty and truth, displayed by a life that is filled with the fruit of the Spirit and void of any of natural man’s propensities, then we have to recognize that we are not there yet and still have a ways to go.


Stubborn
If our lives are more focused on the sin around us then in being transformed into the image of our Lord and earnestly desiring His kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven, being builders of that kingdom along with our Lord in prayer and submission to His Spirit then we are no better than the Pharisees before us.

Jesus came to change the world one person at a time for the glory of His heavenly Father. He knew there would be problems in the earth.

 But as long as we are focused upon Him and obedient to His leading, then we are doing our parts.

 And if we really trust God’s Word and what He has said, then the events around us will have no affect on how we live our lives, for we will be aligned with His!

 When Jesus was faced with arrest and persecution by the Roman soldiers, what was His response to His disciples?

In Matthew 26:53-54 we read, "Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly? But if I did, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that describe what must happen now?"

 Jesus knew His purpose upon the earth. He also knew that His Father could protect Him from any attack.

 But Jesus trusted His heavenly Father’s plans for Him and for all mankind.

Do we, as believers do the same?

 Or when things start to look a little scary, are we quick to hightail it away from the danger or fill with fear?

Precious children, it should not be so! We are the children of the Most High God, called to be His hands and feet upon the earth, sharing His Truth and hope that has been given to all mankind!

Greater is He that is in us than he who is in the world. If we don’t believe that than we have some learning’ to do!

We must put on the mind of Christ and become one with Him in thought and in deed.

Family, we are to be a house of prayer, lifting up our petitions to our God and our Lord, drawing ever
closer to our Beloved and our heavenly Father, open to the leading and teaching of the Holy Spirit.

 We must decrease in our own desires and wants and allow His ways to increase in us.

We have to believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

We must seek His kingdom first and His righteousness and then He will add all that we need and then some. But our goal must be for His will to come on earth as it is in heaven, and we must be as broken for the lost as He is.

He would that none would perish. Unless our hearts be broken for lost souls we will never know why our heavenly Father sent His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.

Yes, there will be trials and tribulations in the world.

 God often uses these very things to draw us close to Him. In good times we often forget God’s plans and purposes for mankind and we begin to go our own way, even to ministering out of our flesh rather than His heart.

 It was love that moved Jesus to be nailed to the cross and it should be love that moves us now, love from our heavenly Father and love for Him and all mankind.

Is it any wonder He is saying in this hours, "Love My people"?

Jesus, sweet Jesus.

He is our example and our reason for being.

Let us be all He has given us the opportunity to be and may we keep our eyes upon Him, not only in turbulent times, but always for without Him we were lost and doomed to eternal damnation.

 With and through Him eternity is our with Him and with our heavenly Father and with all the saints who have believed in Him.

Let us be those who lead others to Him by our very life, our sacrificial offering of thanksgiving and praise to Him Who saved us.

 Amen?

Amen.

Living for His glory,
Joan Bowe