Bobby: I is...
Teacher: No, Bobby. You should say "I am", never "I is".
Bobby: I am the 9th letter of the alphabet.
Teacher: Use a sentence that starts with "I"
Bobby: I is...
Teacher: No, Bobby. You should say "I am", never "I is".
Bobby: I am the 9th letter of the alphabet.
Melvine looked forward to going to church today, Sunday. However, her pain was so severe she had to stay home and went back to bed to find relief. She cried. She didn't get up to watch Christian television and to hear good messages from the Bible. However, we did watch a couple of worship services and sermons later in the evening.
I was able to attend our morning worship service. We had a lot of guests in our church. We have new lighting with led lights. These new lights will save us money in the long haul and reduce the amount of heat that they have been producing. The cost is around $3,600. The pastor said they have not gotten the invoice. The company is giving our church a discount. I told him that Melvine and I will contribute to the cost.
The music was worshipful and meaningful as we sang songs that were led by our pastor and the worship team.
Our pastor, Terry Kesling, offered prayers for Melvine and Watson Fowler, one of the most faithful and loyal men you will ever meet.
Blenda Smith had made a medium size bowl of potato salad for Melvine. Her daughter Lisa, went down to our fellowship hall, Stephanie's Place, to bring it to me. Lisa carried it to my car and helped me as I placed my Cadillac walker in the trunk of my 2010 Lincoln Continental Towncar.
I was able to take a two-hour nap after I ate lunch at home.
Melvine has gone to bed. Greg stayed over and will drive to Thomson, GA to his school on Monday morning.
Continue to pray for Melvine.
John Hedgepeth, Senior Pastor of Northwood Temple in Fayetteville, NC
Fay and I are sorry to hear of the problem that Melvine is having.
This must be a difficult time for you and your family and I
will be lifting you before the Lord for her healing.
Believing with you,
Leroy Baker retired conference superintendent but active in evangelism
My dear Big Brother. Evelyn and I are so sad to hear of Melvine's report. We are in prayers for God's healing touch and special grace. Standing by in prayer and faith. May special strength be yours today and throughout the days ahead.
Russell Board, IPHC Missionary in Japan
So sorry to hear about Melvine.
I pray that the Lord will give her relief and strength, and lead the doctors to identify and deal with the cause of her pain.
Pastor Chris Thompson, Senior Pastor of Holmes Memorial Tabernacle Pentecostal Church in Greenville, SC
Betty and I are seeking the Lord for Melvine. I will call her name at Holmes Memorial Tabernacle
Pentecostal Church on Sunday, September 30.
All our love,
Dr. David Hopkins, retired president of Emmanuel College
Just a note to let you know we are praying for Melvine and you. Thanks for your call last week.
David and Claudia Hopkins
Michael Hartsfield, Ph. D
Reading about the difficult news you and Melvine received brought a heaviness to my heart this morning. It is not the heaviness of hopelessness but the heaviness that comes when we are called to intercede. I know I am not alone in lifting you and Melvine before the healing throne of the Almighty. I have been listening to Ryan Stevenson singing "Eye of the Storm" this morning knowing you and Melvine know what it means to rest in Christ when the storms are raging. Standing with you in prayer!!
Michael Hartsfield, Ph.D.
School of Business & Leadership
Christian Leadership to Change the World
Joe Beck, Retired IPHC pastor and church leader in Cornerstone Conference
Please convey to Sister Melvine that Sandy and I will be praying for her, and you.
Prayers for divine intervention, His love, and His care.
Bishop Doug Beacham, General Superintendent of the IPHC
Just read this morning the account of Melvine’s ovarian cancer diagnosis. I’m in meetings in west Texas today and tomorrow (Sat/Sun) but will call as soon as I can.
Praying for her and all your dear family.
Doug and Susan
Van and Jane Bloss, IPHC Missionaries
Dear Hugh & Melvine,
None of know when we will hear those dreaded words, but one thing is for certain, His Word is more powerful and never dreaded. We will be praying for you all that His grace and Word will be greater in your lives than the oncology report. It’s times like now that one of the greatest words in our Christian vocabulary becomes our dearest friend -- TRUST in our God’s love and grace. We never know when His diagnosis will override our doctors. Whichever, we are in a safe place -- His hands.
Love you all,
Van and Jane
Pastor Larry Jones, The Little Bishop of South Carolina
We wanted to let you know that we are praying for Melvine and
we are also praying for you!
I remember one of Bishop Gilbert Patterson's favorite sayings and beliefs,
"If you can have it, God can heal it!"
We are confident that GOD IS ABLE to meet every physical need in
Please be assured of our love and our prayers for you both!
Love & Prayers,
Rev. H. Larry Jones
There are many others who have written. We appreciate every email, card, letter or telephone call.
American Minute with Bill Federer
George Whitefield had attended Oxford with John and Charles Wesley, who began the Methodist revival movement within the Anglican Church.
In 1733, when he finally understood and believed the Gospel, George Whitefield exclaimed:
"Joy-joy unspeakable-joy that's full of, big with glory!"
Beginning in 1740, George Whitefield preached seven times in America.
He spread the Great Awakening Revival, which helped unite the Colonies prior to the Revolutionary War.
Whitefield's preaching stirred crowds with enthusiasm, which was criticized by the formal, established churches of the day.
When they closed their doors to him, Whitefield began preaching out-of-doors.
Crowds grew so large that no church could have held the number of people, sometimes being as large as 25,000.
Ben Franklin wrote in his Autobiography that George Whitefield's voice could be heard over 500 feet away:
"He preached one evening from the top of the Court-house steps ... Streets were filled with his hearers ...
I had the curiosity to learn how far he could be heard by retiring backwards down the street ... and found his voice distinct till I came near Front-street."
Ben Franklin continued his description of evangelist George Whitefield:
"Multitudes of all denominations attended his sermons ...
It was wonderful to see the change soon made in the manners of our inhabitants.
From being thoughtless or indifferent about religion, it seemed as if all the world were growing religious, so that one could not walk thro' the town in an evening without hearing psalms sung in different families of every street."
The Treacherous World of the 16th Century and How the Pilgrims Escaped It: The Prequel to America's Freedom
Sarah Edwards, the wife of Jonathan Edwards, wrote to her brother in New Haven concerning the effects George Whitefield's ministry:
"It is wonderful to see what a spell he casts over an audience by proclaiming the simplest truths of the Bible ...
Our mechanics shut up their shops, and the day laborers throw down their tools to go and hear him preach, and few return unaffected."
Ben Franklin helped finance the building of an auditorium in Philadelphia for George Whitefield to preach in, which was latter donated as the first building of the University of Pennsylvania.
A bronze statue of George Whitefield is located on the University's campus, in the Dormitory Quadrangle.
The Great Awakening Revival resulted in the founding of many universities, such as Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth, Rutgers and Columbia.
Franklin printed Whitefield's journal and sermons.
Being Postmaster in Philadelphia, Franklin helped spread Whitefield's sermons through colonial America.
In one sermon, George Whitefield proclaimed:
"Never rest until you can say, 'the Lord our righteousness.' Who knows but the Lord may have mercy, nay, abundantly pardon you?
Beg of God to give you faith; and if the Lord give you that, you will by it receive Christ, with his righteousness, and his all ...
None, none can tell, but those happy souls who have experienced it with what demonstration of the Spirit this conviction comes ..."
"Oh, how amiable, as well as all sufficient, does the blessed Jesus now appear! With what new eyes does the soul now see the Lord its righteousness! Brethren, it is unutterable .... Those who live godly in Christ, may not so much be said to live, as Christ to live in them .... They are led by the Spirit as a child is led by the hand of its father ...
They hear, know, and obey his voice ... Being born again in God they habitually live to, and daily walk with God."
George Whitefield's influence was so profound, that when there was a threatened war with Spain and France, Ben Franklin drafted and printed a General Fast for Pennsylvania, December 12, 1747:
"As the calamities of a bloody War, in which our Nation is now engaged, seem every Year more nearly to approach us ...
there is just reason to fear that unless we humble ourselves before the Lord & amend our Ways, we may be chastised with yet heavier Judgments.
We have, therefore, thought fit ... to appoint ... the seventh Day of January next, to be observed throughout this Province as a Day of Fasting & Prayer, exhorting all ... to join with one accord in the most humble & fervent Supplications;
That Almighty God would mercifully interpose and still the Rage of War among the Nations & put a stop to the effusion of Christian Blood."
In 1752, George Whitefield wrote to Benjamin Franklin, who had invented the lightning rod:
"My Dear Doctor ... I find that you grow more and more famous in the learned world."
In 1764, George Whitefield received a letter from Benjamin Franklin, in which Franklin ended with the salutation:
"Your frequently repeated Wishes and Prayers for my Eternal as well as temporal Happiness are very obliging. I can only thank you for them, and offer you mine in return."
Faith without Corresponding action is dead by Pastor John Greiner, Glorious Way Church in Houston, TX
Welcome to living, breathing, ALIVE church! Our goal is always to light up your faith so that it’s active and moving— and fruitful.
Recently, we studied the Mark 2 miracle of the paralytic with the four crazy friends— the ones who broke a hole in the roof to present the man to Jesus for healing. All five men had more than just a quiet hope deep inside. Their faith produced outward action and activity. Faith itself is invisible, but the results are seen by all. Jesus saw their faith. Then, when Jesus said, Rise, take up your bed and walk, the man had another chance to show his faith. He responded with action, not just with reasoning inside his head. The impossible became possible, and the man walked!
What are you praying for today? Ask the Lord to show you a way you can act your faith so your prayer can come alive. James 2:14 in the Weymouth translations says that faith without corresponding action is dead.
My grandchildren used to watch VeggieTales when they were younger. Remember the song Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything? Don’t let your faith just stay at home and lie around. Maybe it’s frozen from fear or indecision. Maybe it’s from being too embarrassed. Whatever the problem, don’t let it kill your faith! Rise up. Act your faith, and keep it moving.
So how do you act your faith?
Of course, the initial action is to speak what you believe. Talk about that problem from the perspective that God has already handled it for you. Say what the Word says about it. But beyond that, ask yourself, “How would I act if my prayer were answered? What would I do?” For the paralytic with a direct command from Jesus, he simply obeyed. His action consummated his healing. Reason would have told him, you can’t get up. You can’t pick up your bed. You can’t walk. So he didn’t reason. He just did it. Maybe it’s that simple for you. Just obey God’s voice over the voice of reason.
The bottom line is to act like the Bible is true. Praying for healing? Act healed.
Praying for financial provision? Find a way to be a giver, since blessed people have enough to be generous.
Praying for a healed relationship? Treat that person with the love of God without thinking of yourself.
In all of these cases, the devil will try to tell you that you’re faking it. No, this attack of the devil is fake. He’s the liar. Act like the overcomer, and your life will line up with the Word, the highest truth.
So keep your faith alive and kicking. Keep moving on the Word, and watch how God will work among us!
This article was compiled from a 3-part series by Pastor John Greiner titled, “The Action of Faith” beginning on Wednesday, 8/22/18.
[Editor's Comment: I met Pastor John Greiner at Glorious Way Church in Houston, TX, several years ago. My good friend, Dr. Lonnie Rex, took me to his church and introduced me to him when church was not in session. I was intrigued with John's personal testimony. He had been trained and mentored by John Osteen for some 18 or 19 years. John Osteen released him with his blessings to plant a church.
John Greiner was also a recipient of the blessings and teachings of Oral Roberts. He interviewed Oral at his home in California. Oral mentored a number of young emerging leaders prior to his death.
John was a successful builder and left it all to follow Jesus Christ. He and Gladys are lovely people and are open and transparent. I worshiped on Sunday with Lonnie and Betty Rex at this great church. I felt like I had been to church.]
This past week, the very voices who normally oppose traditional moral standards, imposed them on the nominee. Were the national conscience set on the values of Biblical morality, sex as sacred and belonging to the bounds of marriage, against drunkenness, and tilted not only toward sobriety but abstinence, the questions might have been, even with their being four decades old, understandable. However, with virtually no national moral standards or righteousness, this advocacy of morality, the shaming of Kavanaugh for his alleged behavior, seemed strange. These liberals are not the evangelical evangelists who they seemed to be channeling.
Again, Kavanaugh and Ford, aside, the episodic selection of values, the relativism with which they are applied, the weaponizing of values against human targets is the spirit of the Pharisees who were ready to stone anyone caught in sin without any regard for their own sin, without humility or grace.
This was once a nation rooted in Christian values. As such, we believed in redemption. We believed that one could be born again. We believed that the adoption of faith was not merely a matter of a new philosophy of life, but the gift of a new heart. We believed that men and women, who repented of their sin were made new. This gave us hope for humanity.
During these hearings, we demonstrated, as a nation, that we no longer believe in such values. We demonstrated our belief that humans could and should be defined by one moment in their life -– the worst moment. That they never change. That we are victims, trapped in behavior cycles, predestined to act on genetic impulse and habituated behaviors. Again, whether or not Kavanaugh or Ford are right, the idea that “old things have passed away,” and the glorious idea that conversion by grace can produce a new man or woman is what we demonstrated that we no longer believe. And that is a tragic loss to the American soul. It leaves us as we are, empowered only by humanistic motives, not by divine intervention. It leaves us cynical and disbelieving that one can be “born again,” from above, miraculously changed, from the inside out, becoming a “new creature” in Christ. The tolerant are no longer tolerant. The cry was, “Stone him!” Caught in a forty-year-old sin, with evidence of change –- if he committed the alleged action, which he denied -– nevertheless, with a stellar history for three decades, he is unforgivable.
The hearings thundered, “We no longer believe in redemption!” We believe in unpardonable sin.
Liberalism is classically a relative term. If one is ideologically liberal, it is in relationship to some center, some principle or standard. The conservative is the one that supposedly tows the line and stays inside the boundaries, protecting the ideal. Classically, the liberal lived at the edges, daring the standard and sometimes crossing the line, but not destroying the standard. The classical liberal was the one with grace, ready to move the fence and be more inclusive acting with greater mercy. Classical liberalism was loving. But, classical liberalism was also respectful of its relationship to an anchoring absolute. What is happening in our culture is a new kind of liberalism. It has no respect for the old standard, the absolute. It is not liberal in relationship to a given conservative principle; it is unhinged liberalism. It is liberalism tethered to desired non-negotiable social outcomes that are forever changing. Unhinged from conservative absolutes, the new liberalism needs a new fixed point of reference. It is emerging now as ideological totalitarianism.
What we saw displayed in the judiciary hearings, wonderfully demonstrated before the nation, is the ideology of identity politics. This philosophy, being taught fervently in modern universities, is also trickling down into our high schools. Jordan Peterson, a foremost expert on the matter, and a Canadian University Professor, describes identity politics as “power games based on their [the actors] identity, and there’s going to be no cross-talk between the power hierarchies.” This calcifies differences. It is non-negotiable. The new liberalism is not liberal at all. It has no grace. It is not forgiving. It takes no prisoners. Its only goal is its own outcome objectives to be achieved at all cost. With absolute truth, the anchoring center is gone. The only the truth is that which accomplishes the social-cultural objective of power and control. “Your truth,” the post-moderns argue, “is not my truth!” All is relative. The moral absolute that once defined classical liberalism, the center from which it retreated to some edge, has now been destroyed.
Class warfare is the technique of the post-modern liberal -– and every class asserts its rights, grasps for its power, and destroys others to accomplish its goals. This is not merely humans acting badly; there is a spirit of division that has been loosed on the nation from hell itself. There is an anointing to divide and destroy. This is a spiritual matter.
Christ, who could bring us together, is not welcome at this party. He offers new life, personal and cultural redemption, but on terms, that the post-modern can’t accept. He calls all to repentance. He champions the rights of women without displacing or destroying men. He unifies. He plays no favorites. When Peter spoke presumptuously, tempting him to avoid suffering, Jesus renamed him ‘Satan,’ or adversary, and told him, “Get behind me!” In essence, “I don’t want to see your face.” He was and is gloriously objective. He embraced repentant and heart-hungry sinners, and rebuked Pharisees, and sometimes his own disciples.
If Ted Kennedy had risen from the dead and sat before the Judiciary to be nominated for the Supreme Court, it is doubtful that anything, including the Chappaquiddick incident in 1969 which resulted in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne would prevent his successful nomination. Those who oppose the current nominee would nevertheless support him wildly. This crusade that we have watched over the past ten days may have appeared to be about morality, but that concern was only superficial.
By identity politics, post-modernism creates a “communitarian doctrine” that drives “racial identity or sexual identity or gender identity or some kind of group identity [as] paramount.” Each group jockeys for power and rights. Jordan Peterson says, “…they’ve got control over most low-to-mid level bureaucratic structures, and many governments as well.” [i]
Peterson asserts, “Today’s identity politics… teaches the exact opposite of what we think a liberal arts education should be.” It isn’t open in its exploration; it is closed. It doesn’t look for ‘whole’ truth, but for preferred slices of truth. Finding it, it doesn’t then explore additional truth, or admit contradictory truth, it defends the piece of truth it worships.
The goal is a new order –- it is Marxism rolled out with a new face. Socialism, or people power, so-called, is at the root. It is not constructive. It is deconstruction by the use of selective truth. Since all truths and value systems are relative, to the postmodern, the only ‘real’ good is the destruction of power hierarchies that have been using their ‘truth’ to create inequality. The only truth worth believing is the truth that leads to the destruction of power hierarchies. Truth is not then, as Christians believe, life-giving. Rather, it is vicious and injurious, capricious and destructive. Truth is not an ideal, but a utility. It is not a goal, but rather, it is an end to a goal. Only a slice of truth is desired -– the truth that will lead to power.
From the beginning of the hearings, the chair had not even finished his opening remarks before the calls came to be heard, and they persisted. Only in America’s courtroom is respect and protocol demanded, even more so than High-Church. In the courtroom hats are off, cell phones are silenced, all rise and sit on command, and remain in absolute silence at the threat of contempt. Justice is treated as sacred. There is reverence for the rule of law and order, of power and position. Yet, at the Senate Judiciary hearing, a circus erupted. They should have set a tone for the entire nation while confirming a nominee to the Supreme Court, but they trampled on order and protocol. There was complete contempt for order and disrespect for the chair of the committee from the outset. This was not a ceremonial lapse. This is a picture of the soul of the nation. This is a snapshot of the tactics of post-modern deconstructionism, at work in the sacred halls of Washington, DC.
Jacques Derrida, who is seen as one of the sources, perhaps the primary source of deconstructionist theory admitted, “Deconstruction never had meaning or interest, at least in my eyes, than as a radicalization…” [ii] It is a means to an end. It seeds frustration. It foments division. It rationalizes its own class and cause as noble, above all others, even if rules must be broken to achieve the desired end. It is about cultural revolution.
Lurking in the room, during the hearings, was the great concern about the abortion rights of women, the possible overturn of Roe verses Wade. Abortion has become a cherished national value. It is, bluntly stated, the right to terminate a pregnancy, ending the life of a pre-natal child, for any number of reasons. Those reasons might include convenience, not being burdened with the responsibility of raising a child; guilt, not wanting the child as a reminder of a bad decision; secrecy, not wanting to be open about actions with consequences to parents and others; continued sexual liberty, and more. What we as a culture are not willing to admit, is that the sacrifice of children, for all the above reasons and more, are ancient practices of almost every pagan civilization.
Abortion clinics don’t resemble the ancient temples of the gods, where children were sacrificed and sexual liberty was celebrated, but they are temples nevertheless. The gods of medical science, money and personal autonomy, driven by hedonistic pleasure and self-idolatry, all conspire to invite and enable us to kill our own unborn children, conceived in our image, flesh of our own flesh. The government is a primary sponsor of this new national faith and all the values that dance around it. It is a faith that champions hyper-individualism, not covenantal relationships. It is self-centered and not sacrificially others conscious. It is destructive, not nurturing. It is the right of a woman, for example, not the responsibility of a family. It is the choice of death over life. It excuses and enables bad behavior, now rationalized as personal choice, rights and sexual liberty. It is secretive, not confessional. What we saw, in the judiciary hearing, are the priests of the new national religion, on a crusade against change.
Whenever a culture rejects creationism, and with it, the idea that we are all in the image of God, not only do we descend to the status of animals, becoming graduated primates, we also lose our divinely given dignity. We diminish ourselves. And ultimately, not seeing ourselves in God’s image, we fail to see His image in others. Moses instructs us, “Show your fear of God by not taking advantage of each other. I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 25:17, NLT). That is, God seems to stand behind the ‘other’ measuring our respect and sensitivity to them as respect for Him. The ‘fear of God’ promotes respect for the other; and the absence of respect for the other is due to the absence of genuine respect for God. To say it differently, respect for God extends to respect for humans, the only creatures in the universe that are made in His image. Where there is widespread disrespect for God, human life is devalued and dishonored.
What we saw this past week was a widespread disrespect for God and others. What we saw was post-Christian America.
Our only hope is a Great Awakening!
[P. Douglas Small is founder and president of Alive Ministries: PROJECT PRAY and he serves in conjunction with a number of other organizations. He is also the creator of the Praying Church Movement and the Prayer Trainer’s Network. However, all views expressed are his own and not the official position of any organization.]
Trump Aftershock Author Stephen E. Strang:
ORLANDO, FL—Brett Kavanaugh took an important step closer to his seat on the U.S. Supreme Court this afternoon, with the confirmation from the Senate Judiciary Committee. A full Senate vote could happen next week.
Stephen E. Strang has interviewed countless Evangelical and Charismatic leaders over his 40-plus-year career and is the best-selling author of God and Donald Trump. His newest book, Trump Aftershock, will be released Nov. 6. Strang released the following statement on the Kavanaugh vote today.
“I believe God answered prayer and overcame the evil intentions of those Democrats who hurled unsubstantiated accusations at Brett Kavanaugh,” Strang said. “It’s significant that he is a strong Christian who swore he is innocent not only to the civil authorities under oath, but to God. Yet he was humble enough to pray for his accuser. I believe he will be a strong constitutionalist, which is exactly what we need on the Supreme Court.”
[The CEO and founder of Charisma Media, Strang was voted by Time magazine as one of the most influential Evangelicals in America. He has traveled to more than 50 countries, has interviewed four U.S. presidents, and has been featured on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CBN, Dr. James Dobson’s “Family Talk” and The Daily Caller.
Trump Aftershock is published by FrontLine, an imprint of Charisma House, which has published books that challenge, encourage, teach and equip Christians, including 14 New York Times best-sellers.]
Comedian Bill Cosby wasn't laughing last week when he was led out of a Pennsylvania courtroom in handcuffs. He was sentenced to prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman 14 years ago. The judge in the case labeled Cosby "a sexually violent predator"—a statement that brought tears of relief to dozens of Cosby's other alleged victims.
Welcome to the uncomfortable #MeToo era. Ever since Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused almost a year ago of forcing actresses to trade sex for acting jobs, sexual harassment has become the dominant headline in America. Everyone is staring at this elephant in the room—especially women, who once were too afraid to talk about it.
Yet I have found that we really aren't talking enough in the church about the obvious tension between the genders. Christian women are deeply wounded—not just because of sexual abuse but also because of blatant gender prejudice and insensitive comments from their brothers in Christ.
I decided to do an informal poll on social media yesterday. I asked my female friends on Facebook and Twitter to share what they considered the rudest comments or behavior they had endured from men in a church setting. Reading their answers (some were posted publicly, and many privately) was overwhelming. I divided their responses into categories:
1. Blatant sexual abuse. Many of the women I polled were victims of abuse that happened on church property. One woman from Alabama said she was groped and fondled by a church leader when she was a teenager—and she never went back to church until she gave her heart to Christ at age 30. Another woman was raped in the church parking lot, and no one on the church staff intervened or offered pastoral care.
2. Come-ons and inappropriate touching. Numerous women I contacted experienced this. One said that two married men reached over and kissed her, but she refused their unwanted advances. Another woman said a pastor looked down her shirt while standing over her. A female missionary said she was terrified after an ordained minister groped and fondled her. Several women said they felt uncomfortable when men from the church ogled them, stalked them, made sexual comments or tried to hug them too closely.
3. Bizarre gender bias. A woman was counseled by a man in her church that she should not have an epidural during childbirth "because pain is part of a woman's punishment for sin." Another woman was told that she was in sinful violation of 1 Timothy 2:15 if she did not immediately start having babies regularly after getting married.
4. Demands for "submission." One woman from Texas was told by a pastor that she must stay in her marriage regardless of her husband's physical and verbal violence. "I stayed in a very abusive marriage for 20 years," she said. By the time she did divorce, her children had grown up. "Unfortunately, the abuse had ruined their chances of a healthy home life by that time," she added.
5. Insensitivity to single women. Several single women told me they were shamed publicly by men in the church with comments like "Why aren't you married yet?" or "What's wrong with you? Why are you still single?"
6. Comments implying that women are always to blame for sexual sin. One woman from Georgia needed a ride to the airport during a Christian conference, and she asked a male minister for help. He refused because he said he was not allowed to be in a car alone with another woman. "This wasn't harassment, but it was sexist in that I am a sister in Christ, a fellow minister," she said. Other women recalled being told in church that the reason men struggle with pornography is because women don't dress modestly. "I grew up feeling that I was to blame for men's porn addiction," one woman said.
7. Blatant condescension. A 30-year-old ordained woman from Georgia said she encounters subtle sexism when male ministers call her a "girl" after she preaches. "Men who are my age are not spoken to that way. They are treated as peers," she said. "Some people may not think twice about, and I know it's never meant in a bad way, but I feel it reveals how some people view a 30-something woman in ministry vs. how they view a 30-something man in ministry." Other women said they felt invisible because church leaders regularly referred to them as "John's wife" or "Bill's wife" rather than by their own first name.
8. Refusal to affirm a woman's spiritual gifts or callings. The majority of responses to my question related to this topic. Women have been told they should never preach or lead in the church, and some who did step out in their leadership gifts were called "Jezebel" or worse. Others were installed in pastoral roles but not allowed to use the title "pastor." Others were told that the only time God uses women in leadership "is when a man refuses to step into his rightful place." (Almost all women called to full-time ministry shared stories of an uphill battle.)
I don't believe the women I heard from this week are resentful. They are not grinding an axe or looking for ways to punish men. I know many of these women personally. Some of them hesitated to share their pain because they don't want to be perceived as whiners or complainers. They have tended to be quiet about these injustices, and they only talked about them because I asked. They are godly women who simply want dignity and a seat at the table.
I believe it's time for godly men to offer sincere apologies and genuine sensitivity. The devil wants to divide men and women, and he can manipulate the #MeToo movement to trigger a nasty gender war. We can diffuse that tension by changing our macho attitudes. It's time for us to listen to each other and value each other. It's time to stop abusing, muzzling and minimizing the spiritual gifts of our sisters in Christ.
[J. Lee Grady was editor of Charisma for 11 years before he launched into full-time ministry in 2010. Today he directs The Mordecai Project, a Christian charitable organization that is taking the healing of Jesus to women and girls who suffer abuse and cultural oppression. Author of several books including 10 Lies the Church Tells Women, he has just released his newest book, Set My Heart on Fire, from Charisma House. You can follow him on Twitter at @LeeGrady or go to his website, themordecaiproject.org.
J. Lee Grady is an ordained minister of Gospel in the IPHC. He is currently the Executive Editor of Encourage a digital online magazine for the IPHC. Go to our church website and find Encourage there. J. Lee Grady has granted me permission to published his articles.]
Beverly Oxley has just posted a comment on your blog post, Let's Be Honest—Christian Women Have Been Hurt in Church by J. Lee Grady
If even half of the women who have been deeply wounded by men in the church had left (including me), we would have barren churches today. But, we haven't abandoned the church.
By nature, women are forgiving creatures and are able to look beyond our hurts to see that Christ is the reason we are devoted to the church. Jesus was the model of how to respectfully treat women -- all women. Even prostitutes were given seats of honor at His table. I can only imagine the tears of sorrow Jesus has shed over how women are demeaned in His church.
Thank you, Lee, for bringing this hot potato to the attention of leadership in the church. Your ministry to women is a shining example of attempts to correct the wrongs of past generations.
"Even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed" (1 Peter 3:14, NKJV).
Within a period of eighteen months, I went through a cluster of storms that left me emotionally gasping for breath. From Hurricane Fran, which downed 102 trees in our yard, to the fire that consumed my husband’s dental office, to my son, Jonathan’s, cancer and surgery, to my parents’ increasingly fragile health that included multiple hospitalizations, to a home remodeling project that involved a contractor who took our money but refused to do the work, I reeled from one emergency or crisis to another.
Looking back over that eighteen-month period, my thoughtful, confident conclusion is that God allowed the storms of suffering to increase and intensify in my life because He wanted me to soar higher in my relationship with Him-to fall deeper in love with Him.
Faith that triumphantly soars is possible only when the winds of life are contrary to personal comfort. That kind of faith is God’s ultimate purpose in allowing us to encounter storms of suffering. Trust Him!
Anne Graham Lotz
Copyright © 2014 Anne Graham Lotz (AnGeL Ministries) Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved www.annegrahamlotz.org.
Thank you, Harold, that means a lot. Mom is one of those people who would never let you know if she was sick. We knew something was wrong when she would hold her stomach and tell us she was aching. She hates to miss church but has missed going for several Sundays. She really wanted to go again today, September 30, but she was in too much pain. I feel sorry for her. I hate that she is in so much pain.
In the meantime, I am now teaching in Thomson, near Augusta. Thankfully, I can come home on the weekends, but I stay at my apartment during the week. However, people from church and the neighborhood are helpful.
Thanks for your email.
Kenneth Copeland on Trump's State Dinner: "It Was Like a Really Anointed Church Service by Steve Strang
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania recently did something no other presidential family has done. They hosted a state dinner on Aug. 27, 2018, and invited the original spiritual counsel that surrounded Donald Trump before he ran for office.
At the dinner, named Celebration of Evangelical Leadership, Trump promised the pastors and ministry leaders present that the government's attacks on faith communities are over.
Televangelist Kenneth Copeland attended the dinner and shared his thoughts with me in an interview for my "Strang Report" podcast.
"The first thing that happened was ... the president said, 'I want to hear from you,'" Copeland says. "'I just want a number of you to come up and take this microphone, and I want to hear your heart. I want to hear what you have to say."
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Once Trump realized he was in a room full of preachers, he quickly reminded them not to take too long. The pastors laughed at Trump's humor, but the dinner was no joke; Copeland says he could sense the Spirit of God in that place.
"I'm telling you, the anointing was there," he says. "It was like being in a really anointed church service. Just the flow of the Spirit of God was just all over that."
Copeland says the most significant thing about Trump's presidency is that he's doing things led by the Spirit of God.
When someone in the room asked Trump what he wanted to be remembered for, Copeland says, the president responded, "I wanted to be remembered as the president who prayed more than any other."
Of course, that's not the stereotype we see in the press. In fact, the press likes to play up everything in his past that was irreligious. But as Robert Jeffress has pointed out, Donald Trump may not be the most religious president, but he is the most pro-religion. In many ways, he's become a champion for Christian causes. Just think of the ways he's stood up for the rights of the persecuted church overseas and for religious rights and free speech here in the U.S.
Copeland says one of the primary purposes for Trump being in office is to fill empty judgeships. He quotes Isaiah 1:24 and 26, which say, "Therefore the Lord, the Lord of Hosts, the Mighty One of Israel, says: Ah, I will get relief from My adversaries, and avenge Myself on My enemies. ... I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, a faithful town."
The judges are the key, Copeland explains, and affect us even more than the president and Congress do. If Trump can fill empty judge seats with conservative voices, Copeland expects a biblical turnaround in this nation.
"What [Trump] does over the next four years and then the next four years is one thing," he says. "But my goodness, you can change the landscape of this nation for a long, long time if you straighten all these judges out."
Copeland believes that Trump is the right person to make sure that happens. He shares a story about something Trump did long before he ran for president. In 2011, Trump called Pastor Paula White-Caine and, after asking her some questions about God, asked her to gather several preachers to pray about whether he should run for president or not.
Copeland says. "... Steve, they prayed for over six hours—just stayed on their knees and stayed before God for six hours."
At the end of the prayer session, Trump asked White-Caine what she thought. She replied that she and the pastors praying with her didn't believe it was the right time for him to run for president. Of course, he waited until the next election to run, and won as a result.
"This is the Donald Trump people don't know anything about," Copeland says.
And that's one of the reasons I wrote God and Donald Trump and its sequel, Trump Aftershock. I share this story in my first book and document how God gave several charismatic leaders prophetic words about Trump becoming president. In Trump Aftershock, which releases Nov. 6, I show how much Trump has accomplished for Judeo-Christian values since he was elected.
Although I don't sugarcoat the truth about Trump's past—and present—flaws and mistakes, I don't ignore how God has used him throughout his presidency. My goal in this book is to present the story of Trump's presidency from a Christian, journalistic perspective—a perspective I believe the leftist media largely overlook.
To learn more about Trump Aftershock and even download a few chapters free, visit trumpaftershock.com. Click here to pre-order the book on Amazon, and be sure to listen to my interview with Copeland to hear more of his spiritual insight into what God is doing through Trump right now.
Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
And your righteousness shall go before you;
The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
You shall cry, and He will say, 'Here I am.'
NKJV (New King James Version)
Do this and the lights will turn on,
and your lives will turn around at once.
Your righteousness will pave your way.
The God of glory will secure your passage.
9 Then when you pray, God will answer.
You'll call out for help and I'll say, 'Here I am.'
(from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved.)
8 Then shall your light break forth like the morning, and your healing (your restoration and the power of a new life) shall spring forth speedily; your righteousness (your rightness, your justice, and your right relationship with God) shall go before you [conducting you to peace and prosperity], and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. [Ex 14:19,20; Isa 52:12.]
9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, Here I am
As the coals from our barbecue burned down, our hosts passed out marshmallows and long roasting forks.
Just then, two fire trucks roared by, sirens blaring, lights flashing. They stopped at a house right down the block.
All twelve of us raced out of the back yard and down the street, where we found the owners of the blazing house standing by helplessly. They glared at us with looks of disgust.
Suddenly we realized why: we were all still holding our roasting forks with marshmallows on them.
For several days I have been singing this Gospel song:
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I’ll Tell the World
Baynard L. Fox
I’ll tell the world, that I’m a Christian,
I’m not ashamed, His Name to bear;
I’ll tell the world, that I’m a Christian,
I’ll take Him with me anywhere.
I’ll tell the world, how Jesus saved me,
and how He gave me a life brand new;
And I know that if you trust Him,
that all He gave me, He’ll give to you.
I’ll tell the world, that He’s my Saviour,
No other one, could love me so;
My life, my all is His forever,
and where He leads me I will go.
For when He comes, and life is over,
For those who love Him there’s more to be;
Eyes have never seen the wonders,
That He’s preparing, for you and me.
Oh, tell the world, that you’re a Christian,
Be not ashamed, His Name to bear;
Oh tell the world, that you’re a Christian,
And take Him with you anywhere.
Did you know that your prayers will outlast your lifetime and time itself?
In John's Gospel and chapter 17 we have our Lord's earnest prayer that has been recorded by the Apostle John as the Holy Spirit moved upon him as he wrote.
He prayed for His disciples that God the Father would keep them. He not only prayed for them, but for you and me. His prayer included all those who would believe because of their testimony that has come down to us through the centuries.
We, too, can have an intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Then in the Book of Revelation, also penned by the beloved Apostle John, we learn that the prayers of the saints are in golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints (Revelation 5:8-9, NKJV).
Prayers have staying presence and power in heaven.
Recently, when I learned of the strongest Typhoon that hit Hong Kong, I was able to conceptualize for the first timed that my mother's prayers (Julia Payne Morgan) for China, for Hong Kong and Pakhoi, are being heard in heaven today. Her prayers are present in incense pouring for forth in bowls or vessels of gold. No doubt my mother prayed for God to protect the Chinese in times of typhoons and natural disasters. Although my mother never met Donavan Ng, the field superintendent of the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Hong Kong, she has prayed for the leaders and that would include Donavan Ng who served in Hong Kong.
What a great investment. I am encouraged and motivated to pray more and to intercede for others.
God has given me a love for Chinese people that is deep within my DNA. It is present in me all the time. So, my prayers are for the Chinese people in Hong Kong, and in the mainland of China. Chinese people are coming to Jesus in great numbers I am told through my reading. We can be a vital part of what God is doing in China, as well in other countries in our world.
Count me in. I want my life to count for God for time and all eternity.
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When Greg is home, his mom and dad are overjoyed. We are grateful to God for providing a job teaching music in the Thomson-McDuffie Middle School in McDuffie County, Georgia. Greg takes care of many chores that Melvine and I used to do. He got Melvine's new prescription for her pain at Farmers' Prescription Shop in Winder, picked up our cleaning and laundry at Elder's Cleaners, purchased breakfast biscuits at Dairy Queen, and shopped for our groceries.
Melvine listened to about 8 or 9 voice messages on our house phone. We returned several calls, and contacted relatives and friends in other states. Greg read her several text messages from friends and family on his cell phone.
Melvine had her morning devotions. She is diligent in her private time with God.
I went online to get information about ovarian cancer from the Mayo Clinic with photos and printed the data for Melvine to read. I tried to read to her the Surgical Pathology Report and the CAT Scan and biopsy. I understand some of it. I will have to spend some time looking up medical terms with which I am not familiar.
We prayed together for God's Will to be done in her life and our life together.
At 3:30 p. m. we watched Georgia play Tennessee. Tennessee showed promise of being a better team than they have demonstrated. They played with determination and with courage. I thought Georgia was not up to par. I don't know why our team is like that. I would hope they would come out like Gangbusters and dominate the playing field. I must admit, the game was quite boring for me.
Jeanette Phillips from our church came over at half-time to bring our supper from Rafferty's Restaurant in Athens, GA, my favorite of all of them, and we do have some fine restaurants. We love the scrumptious potato soup with toppings of cheese, herbs and croissants. None better.
Jeanette brought her homemade electric freezer, peaches, milk, etc. to make homemade peach ice cream. She used the finest of Georgia Peaches, and we ate to heart's content. I remember eating my first ice cream cone when I was about 4 or 5 years old. My uncle Tyson took me to the drug store where they dished out vanilla ice cream on cones. I had never tasted any thing so good. I still love vanilla ice cream. I have a vivid memory.
We always enjoy having Jeanette in our home. She is a marvelous person and she is multi-talented. One day this past week she helped with CRU (formerly called Campus Crusade for Christ) at the University of Georgia in the Tate Student Center. She is a retied math teacher. When I have a math problem, I turn to Jeanette. She and Ken have two outstanding children, Loren and Tyler. Loren is married and has twins, a boy and a girl. They are in middle school and are brilliant. Loren works for BB&T in banking, and supervises loans. Her husband is in the heating and air conditioning business with his father. Tyler is finding his way in life. He is learning about the heating and air conditioning business and works with Slade, Loren's husband. He is a good father and loves his wife and children. Tyler Phillips has already designed and built his own home. He is very athletic and plays soccer. He has qualified to be a referee of soccer. He has energy galore. I was present when he was born during the time I was pastor of Tarkenton Memorial Church. I, along with Wayne Butler, did Loren's wedding.
Melvine and I plan to attend morning worship in our church today. Depending on how Melvine feels, we may stay for the tailgating and eat in our fellowship hall (known as Stephanie's Place) with our church family and the guests we anticipate coming to our church today for Game Day. Our pastor likes to plan and promote special events. We do all we can to support him in this effort to reach people in our community.
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Elwood Long has just posted a comment on your blog post, Melvine heard the dreaded word "Cancer" on Friday
Jean and I will continue to pray for you, Melvine and your dear family. Our Heavenly Father holds you and all of us in the palm of His mighty hand. He will not leave you nor forsake you!