My Family’s Resurrection

By Trina Titus Lozano

On March 31, 2002, I was in church celebrating Easter, or as my dad trained me to say … Resurrection Day. My husband and our four children, two girls and two boys, were all there together. Our daughter, Brooke, a senior in High School, was singing with the worship team and our son Brandon, a sophomore, was on the drums. The usual 20 minutes of music played, and as I worshipped, my mind kept wandering to my childhood Resurrection Day memories of my parents, Larry and Devi Titus. My dad would preach, and my mom would play the organ, wearing a fashionable hat for the special occasion. As we took communion, I had another flashback to that time when I was in the second grade—I prayed and invited Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. I loved being a Christian.

One day after Easter, this particular year, was April Fool’s Day, and on this day, my life changed forever. My husband told me he had filed for a divorce—which was no April Fool’s joke! The papers were to be served in 3 days. In fact, I was served papers, and he moved out into the apartment he’d already prepared for himself. The devastation that happened in my heart that day is indescribable, but now, fifteen years later, that day reminds me of the Resurrection Power of Jesus Christ.

Although my husband had the same name, he fully repented and became a new man. After being gone for only a few months, he took the risk to cancel the divorce and move home to an angry and devastated wife. I took the risk to welcome him home, and WE took the risk to trust God way beyond our comfort zone. Individually, and together, we have both discovered and experienced the reality of what forgiveness tastes like and what God can do with a dead-end, no-win situation. We discovered what it means to abandon the outcome and trust God completely, to obey Him and to live out what we sang about in church each Sunday. We now know what life after death feels like because we experience it every day.

We believe in the power of Love, real Agape Love. Love that never fails. Love that believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. Love that has the power to make the dead rise up and live again. God’s Holy Bible became alive to us and Romans 8:11 promised that the same Spirit, Who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in us, and He would give our marriage new life. We tested our theology, and it’s real. God is real.

This “Unintended Journey” caused us to relocate our family to Dallas. Shortly after moving here we attended a Tuesday Night Experience and felt the love of God at CFNI. Our daughter, Brittany, became a student in 2007, and I was working in the attendance office when I was asked to teach a women’s elective course using my mom’s book, THE HOME EXPERIENCE, as our text book. Since 2010, I’ve worked full time as a marriage and family counselor and was ordained to preach in 2012. Currently, I’m working for Kingdom Global Ministries, teaching HOME EXPERIENCE intensives monthly with my mom, Devi Titus, and counseling weekly.

The year I was born, in 1965, my grandpa was ordained through CFN Fellowship of Ministers and Churches to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I am so grateful to carry on the legacy of ministry with my husband’s support and covering.

Resurrection Day is just around the corner, and now, five generations will celebrate together. After church, we will hide and hunt eggs with our kids, their spouses and our ten grandchildren; then we will sit down to eat brunch with my grandma and my parents, join hands to pray and give thanks. While we eat, we’ll talk about what life after death really means to us and why our family believes in miracles.

God did a miracle for us, and He can do it for you, too. Just believe in the Resurrection Power of Jesus Christ and believe in the Power of Agape LOVE, and you will experience the miracle of LIFE.

Have a Happy Resurrection Day 2017!

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Miracle In The Slums

By Maria Erokhina

Northern Tanzania. Arusha city is located at the foot of Mount Meru. Its outskirts are occupied by some of the poorest people in the world. Their houses are built out of mud and cow dung mixed with ashes. There is no sewage system, and a sickening stench hangs in the air. During the rainy season, the place becomes a swamp. The area is full of witch doctors, and many suffer from demonic oppression.

Amid this appalling devastation, Pastor Naiman Shemhilu and Mbauda Pentecostal Church bring the Good News to the unprivileged and hopeless. The church began with only five people, but when they started doing Gospel outreaches in the marketplace, the power of God manifested in mighty ways – people were getting saved, delivered and healed.

As the ministry continued to grow, the church members decided to buy a small piece of land in the middle of the slums to build a place of worship. They managed to raise enough money to build the foundation and walls. Unfortunately, they didn’t have enough to complete the building and were earnestly praying for help.

Their prayers were answered through the Native Church Program at Christ For The Nations. The day the church building was dedicated turned into a joyful celebration for the whole village. Even unbelievers came to witness that great miracle. The pastor heard some of them say, “If these poor people were able to complete the church, then God is real.”

Since then, the number of the church members has considerably increased. Many Muslims have given their lives to the Lord. The building is not only used for services on Sundays, but also as a nursery school that provides meals to poor and orphaned children and teaches them skills and the Word of God on a daily basis.

The story of Mbauda Pentecostal Church is a powerful testimony that God cares for His children and can make the impossible possible. This miracle happened because of the support of friends and partners like you, who donated to CFNI’s Native Church Program. Your support of this ministry will help many people around the world experience the love and goodness of God.

Be the answer to somebody’s earnest prayers by giving to the Native Church Fund today: cfn.org/give.

For more information about the Native Church program, go to cfn.org/church-roofs.

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GOD’S MMM NETWORK: RELATIONSHIPS

By Dennis Lindsay

GOOGLING GOD

Everyone knows the Internet uses the World Wide Web. The Internet connects millions of computers globally, forming a network where any computer can communicate with any other computer, as long as they are both Internet-connected. The Internet is invaluable for gathering information. There are over 1 billion websites on the Internet. A single Google query uses 1,000 computers in 0.2 seconds to retrieve an answer. There are up to 500 million tweets sent per day, and 100 billion emails each day. Over 6 million hours of video are watched every month on YouTube — that’s almost one hour for every person on the Earth. Connections are vitally important in life.

God has an invisible and supernatural system for networking. I have learned that God has the power and ability to create Divine appointments for connecting people. This worldwide web (WWW) could be known as God’s “miracle magnet maze” or the MMM. God brings people together to bless them and to build His Kingdom. One of CFN’s Twelve Foundational Pillars is the Pillar of Relationships. This Pillar is about using God’s power to connect and facilitate the Great Commission.

CONNECTING WITH OTHER DENOMINATIONS

My parents were always ­open ­to ­working ­alongside any and all believers, even if they weren’t full gospel believers. When I speak of relationships, I am not talking about creating relationships with others where you work, at church or for recreation, but with those who are not of our church or faith persuasion, who love the Lord, are following Him and may want to fellowship with us.

STEPPING OUT OF ONE’S DENOMINATIONAL BOX

Dad worked with over 100 ministries in the early years of­ Christ­ For­ The Nations.­ He ­and ­Mom ­were­ always open to other churches, denominations and ministries that were not Pentecostal or Charismatic. Sometimes these ministries just wanted fellowship and were open to meeting with us or having us minister to their congregations. CFN has grown and advanced because it has promoted participation with other denominations and Christian camps of belief who became hungry for a more in-depth understanding of God, His giftings and were willing to step out of their comfortable ‘box setting’ to fellowship with us, even though they may have been cautioned to keep their distance. As a result, deep friendships were developed and relationships grew. Over time, God provided Divine contacts, connections and encounters with others who have blessed CFNI with their ­support, ­prayers and financial assistance.

CHARLATANS AND HEAVYWEIGHTS

It’s true, some ministers have turned out to be charlatans, while others became heavyweights in the Christian community and the Kingdom of God. Dad would share their miracle testimonies and advertise their ministries and upcoming revivals in our monthly magazine. Some of these individuals tried to take over the CFN ministry.

These ministers and their ministries have come and gone, but the foundation that Dad laid is still alive and well and is far greater in its extensive efforts of ­world ­evangelism than even he could have imagined.

SOUTHERN BAPTIST, METHODIST, EPISCOPAL AND CHARISMATIC CATHOLIC MINISTRIES

We enjoyed having Dr. W. A. Criswell from the First Baptist Church in Dallas as a commencement speaker. When he graduated to Heaven, his successor,­Dr.­ Robert­ Jeffress,­ also­ spoke at our commencement. We have enjoyed fellowshipping with Southern Baptist,­ Methodist,­ Episcopal and even Charismatic Catholic ministries. We have even invited a few non-believers, like the former Jewish mayor of Dallas, to share with the students as she had become ­aware ­of ­the ­positive ­influence our students were making in Dallas. At the conclusion of her address, a student gave a message in tongues and the interpretation. CFNI leadership held their breath, but the interpretation was a Divinely anointed word from God.

During the 90s, Dr. Harold Reents was involved in higher education in the Catholic ­Church ­and­ was filled­ with the Holy Spirit. He came to CFNI to receive.­ Mom ­became ­acquainted with ­his ­proficiency and­ leadership and invited ­him ­to ­serve ­on ­staff. ­In­ time, Dr. Reents became the Academic Dean and the Director of the Institute, where he and his wife, Patty, served for many years.

“NOT ONE OF US”

Years ago, one of our Institute leaders decided our students should not work with a couple of churches in the Dallas metroplex who didn’t agree with our ministry. When I found out about this, I sent the leader a memo stating that if these ministries wanted to labor with us we would not separate ourselves from them.

As it turned out, by maintaining these friendships, our ministry has been blessed with favor and monetary gifts. I have witnessed the blessings of the Lord by maintaining an open heart toward any ministry that will allow us to serve them in any way. Throughout the years, a number of ministries have asked to use our students for various projects and conferences they were hosting.

This past summer we were invited to be at Bishop T.D. Jakes’ church, The Potter’s House, for the three-hour ­memorial service ­in ­honor ­of­ the ­five policemen who were slain in Dallas. After the worship service, I was invited onstage, and for 15 minutes, Christ For The Nations was honored for its service to Dallas, the community and The Potter’s House. CFN was the only ministry recognized with an ­estimated half a million ­TV­ watchers.­ Only ­God­ could have arranged this advertising appointment.

THE “APPOINTED AND ANOINTED” GROUP

I’m reminded of the argument among the disciples about who was the greatest; a related dispute also arose. John, the Lord’s “beloved,” told Jesus that a certain individual was ministering in His name who was not part of their group—those who were­“appointed ­and ­anointed”­(Luke­ 9:49). ­Jesus responded, “Don’t hinder the individual who is working for God.” Apparently, the individual was working alongside of Christ and was doing well with fellowmen, weakening Satan’s kingdom. Jesus forbade the disciples from being critical of this individual in his good work of faith.

Christ For The Nations sees these ministries and individuals, that we may not be in partnership with, as doing the work of our Lord. Jesus perceived the individual to be a man of faith, not a competitor or a counterfeit. Today, we need the Holy Spirit in order to be discerning, and to be like our Lord, Who saw the grace of our Father at work in ­fulfilling ­the ­Great­ Commission.­

THE “MIRACLE MAGNET MAZE”

The Foundational Pillar of Relationships is a vital connection to God’s worldwide “miracle magnet maze.” Let God connect you to ministries that will bless you beyond your wildest imagination.

“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24, 25).

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A Message For the Church of America

by Laura Smith

I think we all realize that wickedness in America has grown to a breaking point, and that God’s judgment on our nation is impending. As Christians we are saddened, but what can we do?  There is so much rebellion against God!  We see it everywhere and shake our heads, but what can we do? Many of us have given up hope for America, but we are consoled by the fact that our own salvation is secure. We know where we are going…right?

This is a message for the Church of America.

God wants to save America.

He has not lost hope for America. How can we be sure of that? There are three reasons. First, it is not God’s will to destroy America. We know from Scripture that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  Second, God is compassionate. In particular, He has compassion on those in America who don’t know any better. When God threatened to destroy Nineveh, but later relented, He exclaimed to Jonah, “Should I not have compassion on this great city where there are 120,000 who do not know their right hand from their left?” Third, our freedom to worship Him is precious. I believe that this freedom is very important to God – something that He does not want us to lose. When God brought the Israelites out of Egypt, it was for the express purpose of worshipping Him. “Let My people go that they may worship Me” is repeated at least seven times in the Book of Exodus. This freedom is a priceless commodity.

Does America deserve judgment? Absolutely! But we know from Scripture that God may relent and be merciful to us once again.

In Jeremiah, chapter 18, God says, “If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned” (Jeremiah 18:7-8).

So it is possible that God would relent, but only if the nation repents. And therein lies the problem. How can we, the people of God, bring about the repentance of this nation? It’s impossible! But it’s not… because our God also promised, “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land”(2 Chronicles 7:14).

As God’s people, we have the ability to cause God to relent, and to bring about the healing of our land. And here is the best part! It is not through any great or unusual feat on our part. It is not through mass evangelism or preaching or political change or legislative change. It is not through letters to your congressman or even rallying Christians to vote. Those are all good things, but that is not what God is saying. God is telling us that it is through our own personal relationship with Him that He will save America. Listen to it again.

“If My people, who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

If this verse is true, then the fate of America hinges upon us, the Church. It depends on each of us individually humbling ourselves and praying and seeking God’s face and turning from our own wicked ways. God is looking to us.

Now everything I’ve said so far is biblical and is really without question, but what I am about to say is by the Spirit of God. I believe that God has shown this to me, and it is merely an indicator of the timeliness of this message. Hopefully, as I proceed, the Holy Spirit will confirm the same to you.

I believe that God is giving us a window of opportunity between now and the Presidential election. A new President in office creates a turning point in our history, so it is obviously a crucial event. This time, right now, is our opportunity to humble ourselves and pray; we have the opportunity to move the hands of God by prayer. We have the opportunity to preserve America for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Don’t give up on America! You are the salt of the Earth. Draw near to your God and preserve America.

I believe that the current popularity of burlap is a sign of the times. Just in case you haven’t noticed, burlap is very popular in decorating right now. You can find it anywhere they sell crafts, fabrics, decorations and home furnishings. You may have some in your home. We have it on the tables in the parish hall. People are using it in weddings. You can find burlap in magazines and catalogs and Wal-Mart and Target. It is everywhere.

Burlap is a modern-day sackcloth. Sackcloth was worn in the Bible times to signify humility, repentance and sorrow. I believe that God has brought about the current popularity of burlap as a sign of our need to humble ourselves and as a sign of this window of opportunity. I am hoping that you will be reminded of this message when you see burlap.

The story of Nineva, recorded in the Book of Jonah, chapter three, is a great example for us of how a people humbled themselves and repented—and God relented. It’s also a great example of how a king, or a president, could lead his nation back to God. But do notice that in this story, it was the people who first believed God and humbled themselves. Then the king followed suit.

God wants to save America and that He is giving us, His people, a window of opportunity between now and the Presidential election where we may influence God to preserve America using this formula: “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Please join me in humbling yourself and praying and turning from your wicked ways. What wicked ways? We all have them, but it is hard to see our own faults. I suggest adding to your prayers this prayer of David, “Search me O God and know my heart, test me and know my anxious thoughts, see if there be any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Let’s stop pointing our fingers and shaking our heads at the wickedness of our culture and get on a mission to draw close to God and clean up our own lives. This is not about them. It is about us… His people… His Church.

 

The Plan For Prayer and Fasting For Our Nation

Church,

The Lord has given us a plan to prepare for the Presidential election. This plan is for all of us, whosoever will.

The plan is to fast for three days: Oct. 12, 13 and 14, and then for each church family to hold a solemn assembly on Saturday, Oct, 15 at 8 a.m. The fast is to be a water-only fast and the emphasis of the fast is to be personal repentance.

The assembly is to be a humble prayer meeting, and God has given us very specific instructions for that meeting:

  • There is to be no makeup
  • No jewelry
  • No hats
  • People are to wear plain clothes or burlap
  • There is to be singing, but no music – voices only
  • There is to be prayer and the spontaneous reading of Scripture (especially those Scriptures that the Lord impresses upon people during the fast)
  • The gifts of the Holy Spirit are to be allowed to operate in this meeting

The Lord has promised, “If My people, who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Our Father has told us clearly what we are to do. Let us be obedient to Him in all things.

Grace and peace be to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.  May you all be filled with the Holy Spirit to overflowing.

Amen.

Please share this announcement with the body of Christ.

CONTACT:
Laura Smith
904-335-0586
jamielaurasmith@yahoo.com

Facebook Page: Prayer & Fasting for our Nation.

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Change Your World Through Prayer

By Gordon Lindsay

And the Lord said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.” To the others He said in my hearing, “Go after him through the city and kill; do not let your eye spare, nor have any pity. Utterly slay old and young men, maidens and little children and women; but do not come near anyone on whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were before the temple. (Ezekiel 9:4-6)

The glory of the Lord was departing from backslidden Israel and the rumbling of approaching judgment could be heard on the distant horizon. But even at that very moment, God gave a special mission to one of His messengers – an angel that is described as “the man with the writer’s inkhorn by his side.” The Lord told this angel that the hour of judgment for Israel was at hand, but he was to hold everything for the moment until he had placed a mark on certain persons. Those who received this mark would be specially protected from harm or danger. The avenging angel was to “come not near any man upon whom is the mark.”

Who were these that were sealed with the mark, and who would be protected from the judgment that was about to fall upon the nation? We are told that they were “the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.” In other words, they were the intercessors. In God’s sight, these intercessors were placed above all others, even kings and princes.

It is in the ministry of intercession that the greatest potentialities of a human being are found. In this ministry, it is possible to change the very order of nature, and indeed it can again change the course of history. By means of prevailing prayer, it is possible to bring into operation the most powerful forces of the universe.

So great and important is this vital ministry that Christ Himself, to the exclusion of all other ministries, is engaged in it continuously. As Hebrews 7:25 declares, “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” As we have said elsewhere: prevailing prayer is the one means that can change the world. It is the power that can move mountains of opposition. It is the force that can break the grip of the powers of darkness.

Intercessory prayer is the means by which our nation can be spared the horrors of atomic war. Effectual prayer can make possible the successful Gospel invasion of the foreign fields. And as for the intercessor himself, in the end he will be able to look back over the years and have the joy of knowing that his life has not been in vain. Many will bless his name and be glad he ever lived.

During Christ’s earthly years, He engaged in a constant ministry of intercession. He began this ministry with 40 days of prayer and fasting. He was praying when He was baptized in water, and when He received the Holy Ghost (Luke 3:21-23). He started each day with prayer (Mark 1:35-37). After ministering to the multitudes, He withdrew into the wilderness and prayed (Luke 5:16). When the Pharisees sought to kill Him, He went out into a mountain and continued all night in prayer (Luke 6:11- 12). When the multitude thought to take Him forcibly and make Him king, outside the will of His Father, He went apart into a mountain to pray (Matthew 14:23). He prayed for Peter when he was about to fail (Luke 22:31-32). He prayed while He received the transfiguration experience (Luke 9:28-31). He prayed at the hour of His great crisis in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:42). And finally, Jesus prayed while on the cross (Luke 23:34). Therefore, if Christ gave Himself to constant prayer, and ever emphasized it in His teaching, then how important it is that the Church of Jesus Christ shall give itself to the ministry of intercession.

Many people never secure the real benefits of prayer because they do not have a systematic plan of praying. They do everything else first. And then if they have any time left, they pray. Usually Satan sees to it that they do not have time. The Early Church set a time for prayer. Acts 3:1 declares, “Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.” Every believer who would make a success of praying must set a regular hour for prayer.

Although we have seen great victories won on the evangelistic field, nevertheless it would be a sad thing if people must always wait for an evangelist to come to their city in order for them to get an answer to their prayers. There is no substitute for a systematic prayer life. The treasures of heaven are at the beck and call of the man and woman who pray regularly.

Prayer gives one power over demons (Matthew 17:21). It secures the salvation of the lost (Acts 16:31). It will send forth laborers into the harvest (Matthew 9:38). It will anticipate and prevent tragedy (Matthew 6: 13). It will give divine guidance at the hour needed (Proverbs 3:5). It will provide financial security, and remove the burden of care that oppresses so many people. The prayer of faith will bring healing when everything else fails (1 Kings 20:l-6). Seeing these many promises of reward to those who pray, is it not sad to find so many people in a slate of spiritual distress, without victory, and some even in despair? What is the answer to this? The answer is that people come to a decision in their lives to make prayer a business—that daily they will bring their requests with thanksgiving to God. This is the true way to find relief from the nagging burdens of life. There is only one way to become “anxious for nothing” and that is “in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6).

One of the most remarkable verses in the Bible is Revelation 8:3. Here we are told that a great angel stands before God with a censer, and offers up the prayers of the saints, which had been held in reserve by the 24 elders. Apparently no true prayer is ever lost even if the answer does not come to view at once. These prayers of the saints in sum total are for God’s kingdom to come. Thus, the intercessors, through their prayers, are the ones responsible for the bringing of the kingdom of God to pass on earth. The world considers such men as Caesar, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, and other great captains of war as the makers of history. Not so. It is the men and women of prayer who pray, “Thy Kingdom come.” And when this age ends, their prayers will be gathered up and they will set in motion the forces that will destroy the kingdom of Satan (Revelation 11:15).

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:24).

There is a special secret of prayer that Jesus gave, which few people understand. When we pray, we are not to believe we shall receive, which is future. We are to believe we receive right then. The Apostle John took note of this in his epistle saying, “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him (present tense) because we keep his commandments, and do those thing that are pleasing in his sight” (1 John 3:22).

This truth changes the entire order of the accepted practice of prayer. Most people pray and look for the answer to come in the future. But Christ tells us to believe we receive even as we pray. Here is the secret: since our natural eye does not see these things, this means we must visualize them with our spiritual eye. This is one of the greatest secrets of prayer. Many people, after they have finished praying, have a gloomy look which tells us that they have no great expectation that their prayers will be answered even in the future, let alone are already answered. But there are some who already see the answer in the Spirit, and they know they have received. For them it is a joy to praise the Lord, for they have already had the answer!

Notice this great truth exemplified in the life of Daniel, the man of prayer. For 21 days, the prophet had been waiting before God for the answer to his petition that God would deliver Israel in the latter day. Yet during all that time, there was no visible answer. Then at last, on the 21st day, the angel came, and this is what he said: “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me 21 days…” (Daniel 10:12-13).

Daniel had visualized the answer to his prayer, and although he did not know what was delaying it, he was absolutely certain God had heard him. Today, we behold the children of Israel returning to their land in answer to Daniel’s prayer. But Daniel saw it happen 2500 years ago!

We must not overlook the fact that John spoke of an important condition to prayer. He said in the verses we have quoted, “We receive of him because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” What are His commandments? Summed up, it is overcoming the world. As the Apostle John says again, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (I John 5:3-4). The receiving of miracles in answer to our prayers is tied up with our overcoming the world.

First published in Christ For The Nations magazine July 1973.

 

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LIFE

By Tati Martinez

(Translated by Linda Vasquez)

After being a Christian for 23 years, how was it possible that I did not realize the value that God had given to life? How was it possible that I did not stand up for it? It is sad, yes, and I know that many of you are in the same condition that I found myself in. I never imagined that my world would change after reading a book that exposed the negative effects of secular humanism in society. Humanism? I did not understand that concept, nor the gravity of this ideology, until the meaning of that concept began to be constantly on my mind and my heart. Humanism is: “A system or way of thought that focuses on human reasoning.”

In the Garden of Eden, God gave Adam a commandment: “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:16, 17). Then, we see how Satan tempts Eve. “So God said: You cannot eat from every tree in the garden?” questioned the serpent. God did not say that; He said that they could eat from every tree, except for one. Eve was manipulated with the following concept: “Eve, you are not going to die; if you eat of this fruit, you will be like God.” Here we see the concept of humanism: be like God; make decisions without Him. It is at this point that all the pieces started to come together. Maybe you ask: What does this have to do with the concept of life? Everything! To try to be like God and use our own reasoning is dangerous.

The matter of abortion has divided the opinions of the world into two groups: one of them supports the teachings of humanism—that humans are at the center of everything and that women have freedom of choice. The second group is made up of those who support the teachings of the Bible, and accept and teach that only God has the power over life.

From the humanist point of view, everything is right, and nothing is immoral; life and its consequences are relative. Today, people do not say that abortion is murder; it is simply an “interruption of the pregnancy.” These are just a few of the many things that opened my eyes to the horrible reality that is abortion.

A TERRIBLE REALITY

Just in the United States there have been almost 60 million abortions. In 2010, I read an article that said: “More than 1,500 abortion clinics have closed their doors because of the prayers outside of the clinics.” It was in this moment that I realized that we, the Church, not only should, but must, do something to stand for life. I teach in the Spanish School at Christ For The Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas, and I am the director of the ministry “Enough Is Enough.” I speak to the students about the importance of our involvement in taking a stand for life. For six years we prayed outside of a clinic in the city; in 2015, it closed. However, our work is not yet done; now we are going to another clinic that performs abortions through the sixth month of pregnancy.

Also, every year we participate in the “March For Life” because we understand that it is the fulfillment of our responsibility as believers: “Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter” (Proverbs 24:11). That is why Christ For The Nations mobilizes hundreds of students to participate in this march. They understand that it is not only a walk while carrying signs, but it is also a time to intercede and pray. The prayers reach the ears of God, and He will respond.

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It’s Time To Speak Up

By Michelle and Solomon Ofori-Ansah

Whose voice do you obey and whose authority do you submit to — God’s, or the government’s?

ultrasoundGianna Jessen, against all odds, survived a late-term, saline abortion. This procedure is designed to suffocate and burn a fully developed baby while it is still inside her mother’s womb. Yes, it is legal in America. Unlike most babies, Gianna escaped this grisly death. She was born alive! Her chances of survival were still very slim. However, because a nurse, not an abortionist, was attending her birth mother, an ambulance was called, instead of them administering death. Each year, in the U.S. alone, over 1 million babies are legally killed in abortion clinics in a silent holocaust. Not sentenced by a bloodthirsty tyrant, but by the Supreme Court of “We The People of the United States.” In this holocaust their guilt is not their race or ethnicity, but simply their fragility and innocence. They are the pre-born.

IT’S NOT THE FIRST TIME

Main gate and railroad to Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz Birkenau
Main gate and railroad to Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz Birkenau

Throughout history and up to the present day, the human race has gone through periods of extreme social injustice. In Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany, Jews were considered less than human, and over 6 million were killed in concentration camps. The apartheid regime of South Africa legislated a system of racial segregation that kept blacks from mixing with whites, suppressing the majority black population. This prevented blacks from determining their own destinies in their native land. Long after the abolition of slavery in America, the Jim Crow laws in the American South kept African-Americans from voting or riding at the front of a bus—and seemed to give implicit support for the beatings and lynchings of blacks. Wherever there has been change or improvement, it is because men and women of conscience and courage refused to be silent, and therefore, participate in the injustice. Wherever there has been no voice of advocacy, the darkness lingers.

HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE, ABORTION AND ERODING FREEDOM

Our culture seems to be changing right before our eyes. Or maybe it is just the hidden things coming to light (Job 28:11, Daniel 2:22). The moral pendulum of America appears to be swinging further away from anything remotely Christian or even civilized. On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of homosexual marriage, affirming and legalizing a practice that the Bible clearly states is a sin and an abomination to God (Romans 1:18- 32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1 Timothy 1:9-10). By legalizing it, the Supreme Court in effect makes it illegal not to recognize it. Thus, more than recognizing the freedom of people to engage in a homosexual marriage, it denies others the right to follow their consciences and practice their faith without the fear of persecution. In fact, Christian bakers and florists have already been fined and told that they have to provide wedding cakes or flowers for homosexual marriage ceremonies, despite their religious convictions. This is just the beginning.

The LGBT community holds parades and protests in support of homosexuality.
The LGBT community holds parades and protests in support of homosexuality.

As the Christian church was still recovering from the shock of the Supreme Court’s ruling, an even more outrageous and gut-wrenching evil came to light. A horrifying video (the first of many) emerged showing Planned Parenthood’s doctors callously discussing how they dismembered pre-born babies’ body parts, while they are still alive, for them to sell. They even described live births and “harvesting” the baby’s organs, which led to the baby’s death. Yes, this is happening in America! And yet, in a recent national poll, 65 percent of Americans still do not favor defunding this infamous organization. How would you respond if we said that America is a state sponsor of terror; condoning and funding a different type of terror of its own citizens—the most vulnerable little ones? We would never consider ourselves a rogue nation or compare ourselves to Nazi Germany, and yet, we watch as these innocent lives are destroyed — and we have been watching for over 40 years since Roe v. Wade was passed.

GOD HAS THE FINAL AUTHORITY

So what do you do in a time of apostasy, when a nation is in gross moral decline? What do you do when society says something is right that is so obviously wrong? Whose voice do you obey — God’s authority or the government’s authority? As Christians, we must recognize that God’s authority is the highest authority for our lives. An example of this is found in Acts 4:19: “But Peter and John replied, ‘Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges!’” The apostles recognized that God was the One Who they had to obey.

lawAsher Intrater in his book, Authority: Biblical Principles of Spiritual and Delegated Authority, states, “Governments have authority in issues dealing with political and civil affairs. They do not have authority within the family.” What this statement means is that the government cannot and should not be allowed to tell us that we have to accept and condone homosexual marriage or any other type of immoral behavior. Government has no right to tell us how to live in our families, and it does not have the right to decide the value of life and which babies can live or even at what stage of development they can be killed. The Apostle Paul in Galatians 1:14 declares, “But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb . . .” He was echoing a central, biblical teaching that life begins at conception, in the womb. Abortion then cannot be justified, legally or in any other way.

The government cannot and should not be allowed to tell us that we have to accept and condone homosexual marriage or any other type of immoral behavior.

COMPASSIONATE RESISTANCE

In spite of the overwhelming biblical evidence that homosexuality is a sin, people who do not condone the homosexual lifestyle are generally accused of being haters and homophobes. Dr. Michael Brown, a Messianic Jew and professor of Bible and Hebrew studies (formerly an adjunct professor at a CFNI affiliated Bible school), wrote a book called Can You Be Gay And Christian? He states, “You are created to be a child of God, a servant of the Lord Jesus, a world-changer and a history-maker in Him . . . The ultimate issue is not homosexuality or heterosexuality. All human beings fall short of God’s standards in many ways, and all of us — heterosexual and homosexual alike — need God’s mercy . . . and need to turn from our sins and ask God for grace to lead a holy and virtuous life.” So the issue is not a stance against homosexuality. It is against all manner of sin and iniquity. This is a call to take a stand for God — a stand of righteousness that is not born in legalism and condemnation, but in grace and truth.

Dr. Brown advocates a compassionate approach to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community. He says further that Jesus “practiced transformational inclusion, which I wholeheartedly advocate, not affirmational inclusion, which the LGBT community advocates … We are to reach out and resist, meaning, reach out to LGBT people with compassion and resist gay activism with courage.” He is describing the importance of building relationships with homosexuals, but not to the point of compromising the biblical standards by which we live our lives. The believer must submit to the authority and truth of God’s Word, while saying “no” to moral relativism and degeneration in our society.

SILENCE IS NOT AN OPTION

Abortion survivor Gianna Jessen describes the impact of compromising in the face of pressure. “We will have to give an account as a nation, before God, for our apathy and for the murder of over 50 million children in the womb. Every time we falter in courage as individuals and fail to confront this evil, I wonder how many lives have been lost in our silence, while we make sure we are lauded among men and do not offend anyone? How many children have died, been dismembered and their parts sold for our ego, our convenience and our promiscuity? … The blood cries out to the Lord from the ground, like that of the blood of Abel. Not one of them is forgotten by Him.”

Each year, CFNI students take a stand against abortion as part of the Life Chain event.
Each year, CFNI students take a stand against abortion as part of the Life Chain event.

Where do you stand as the silent holocaust goes on? Acclaimed author and church historian, Dr. Eddie Hyatt, writes, “There were Christians in Germany who opposed Hitler and the Nazi regime, but they were a minority. Too many yielded to Hitler’s intimidation and took the path of least resistance— the path of silence.” One of those who did not stand silently by and who opposed the Nazi regime was Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He was eventually hanged for his resistance. He declared, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil; God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

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Empowered 21

By Kelly Head

Could it be that the Church will see something happen just as it was in the days of the Bible patriarchs — like when Joseph reunited with his younger brother, there was plenty of food for his brothers’ families and also the Egyptians (Gentiles), asked Dr. Dennis Lindsay, President of Christ For The Nations and speaker at the recent Empowered21, a congress held this year in Jerusalem on Pentecost.

The goal of this annual congress is to seek the outpouring of God’s Spirit to witness a fresh thrust of power to accelerate world evangelization in the 21st century and Dr. Lindsay shares his view of this historic congress. “Just as in the days of Joseph, so it is today. In this wave of God’s spirit that began in Jerusalem, I believe He is about to bring forth the ‘Benjamin Generation,’ the youth of the world that results in a massive world harvest in which souls of every nation will receive spiritual food — both Jews and Gentiles.”

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CFNI’s five representatives who spoke at E21

Christ For The Nations leadership, headed by CFN President Dr. Lindsay, were invited to speak at the 2015 congress as part of the ministry track “Happening Now: The Book of Acts,” and were joined by a 49-member team of students and friends of the ministry. Other speakers representing CFNI included CFNI Executive Director Dr. John Hollar, International Ministries Director Rod Groomer, Maoz Israel Ministry Co-founder Shira Sorko-Ram and Kobi Ferguson of Yeshua Israel.

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Holy Spirit moving at E21

Empowered21 2015 brought together more than 4,500 Spirit-filled believers from more than 70 nations who converged in Jerusalem. Another 150,000 people from 127 nations viewed the congress via live stream. “It was marvelous to think that people from every continent were watching the congress live online with one focus in mind — another awakening, worldwide, of a Holy Spirit outpouring,” Lindsay shared. “Even though I have been to Jerusalem some 25 times, I have never experienced as powerful a time as we did this Pentecost Sunday.”

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CFNI alumni Ana Paula and Klaus Kuehn leading worship

CFNI alumni worship leaders Klaus Kuehn, Thomas Miller and Ana Paula Bessa Valadao also brought their anointed worship to the main services at the congress. “We celebrated a joyous time of worship and exhortation that was perhaps a depiction of the coming wave of God’s spirit,” Lindsay shared.

Lindsay said he believes that what took place at this recent congress in Israel is a precursor to an imminent powerful move of the Spirit in Israel and beyond. “As we know, at the Body of Christ’s first Pentecost God’s power came down in a mighty way and the disciples received an anointing that changed the world. Now, something again has happened, which I believe will usher in another spiritual ‘tsunami’ that will circle the globe and cause the Church of the living God to expand its borders to the ends of the Earth. The heavenlies were shaken during this recent Pentecost Sunday in Jerusalem and the tidal wave will no doubt sweep around the world with the power, grace and mercy of our Savior,” said Lindsay.

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CFNI 49-member team

According to the CFNI Empowered21 2015 liaison Celeste Groomer, assistant director of CFN international ministries, who attended the congress, it was a significant event. “As participants, we left with a sense that God is very much ‘up to something’ that has yet to be revealed in the natural. It was unprecedented, both in its focus on the desire of the Holy Spirit to have personal influence in people’s lives, and the worldwide hunger for God to move in the Body of Christ,” said Groomer. “As the weeks and months follow this gathering, we will be keenly watching news in Israel and around the world. Assuredly the Holy Spirit is up to something and we at CFNI anticipate the ministry being used by the Holy Spirit in another great heavenly outpouring to reap the harvest in these last days.”

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David Barton: Remembering Our Biblical Heritage

By Belinda Elliott

God commands those who love Him to know their history. Throughout Scripture, God reminds us to recall what God has done in our lives and in our nation—and to be able to share that history with others. This was the emphasis of a series of recent lectures by David Barton at Christ For The Nations.

“Jesus tells us very specifically, ‘If you love Me, you will obey My commandments’ (John 14:15). One of the ways we measure our love for God is not by what we say but by what we do. You want to measure your love for Christ? Just go through the 49 commands Christ gives in the four Gospels and see how well you obey them,” says Barton, an acclaimed expert in historical and constitutional issues.

One such command for believers who wish to love and obey God is to remember history. “It is repeated time after time,” Barton says. “God says, ‘Recall the former days. Remember the former times. Know your history. Be able to recite your history to other people.’”

Barton isn’t just talking about knowing the names and dates of our historical past. He is discussing the need for believers to know what he calls providential history. “God wants us to be able to know exactly what He’s been up to in our country. Whatever country you are from, you need to know what God has been up to in the history of your country because He is the One who sets the lines for the nation.”

As the culture in the United States has become more secular, the history of the country’s founding on biblical principles is being forgotten by many. Barton points to many of the ideas that the country’s government was founded on, which find their basis in Scripture.

“Our free market economic system came from five Bible verses: 1 Timothy 5:8, 2 Thessalonians 3:10, Matthew 25, Luke 19 and Matthew 20. Can you look at those verses and figure out how to put together an economic system?” Barton asks. “We could in previous generations, and that is why we have the system we now have. If you took out our free market economic system, you would not recognize America, the best product of Bible teachings.”

He also cites the section of the Constitution that declares America must maintain a republican form of government. “Those who wrote that clause took the idea from Exodus 18:21, Deuteronomy 1:15-16, and Deuteronomy 16:18,” Barton says. “A republican form of government is what God recommended most often, and that’s what we adopt and use. If we took away our republican form of government, we wouldn’t recognize America. Most people today don’t have a clue that it came out of the Bible.”

The Constitution itself is often referred to as a godless document by secular professors. However, Barton explains that Christians who know Scripture know that to be false. “If you know the Bible and read the Constitution, you see multiple Bible verses referenced in the Constitution. Scripture is all through the Constitution; we just don’t recognize it anymore.”

In order to have a more complete picture of the history of God’s work in our nation and the world, Barton states we also need to be students of the Bible. “Ninety-five percent of American Christians have never read through the Bible from cover to cover once in their lifetime,” he says. “You can’t be a biblical person and not know what is in the Book.”

This biblical illiteracy has led some Christians to live in ways that are contrary to Scripture. Barton points to recent statistics about abortion as evidence. “Of those who profess to be Christians in America today, 42 percent of Christians in America say that abortion is a moral behavior,” he says. “Sixty-five percent of all abortions in America are performed on Christians, and 200,000 abortions a year are performed on born-again Christians. We may be a Christian nation, but we are not a biblical nation anymore. We used to understand that the Bible is the basis of what we did.”quote-abortion

More than just reading for facts, believers should study Scripture to find practical applications that will change how they act and think. “If you do that, it will change you,” he says. “It will change everyone you touch around you. It will change everything you put your fingers into. We need to know God’s Word from cover to cover thoroughly and see that it does apply to every aspect of life.”

David Barton is the Founder and President of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization. Visit wallbuilders.com for more information or view his CFNI messages at CFNI.TV.

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A New Bible Translation

New Bible Translation Is Part of an Interesting History

By Steve Strang

king-jamesKING JAMES I RULED ENGLAND

The King James Version (KJV) of the Bible is undoubtedly the best-known version of the Bible. It was “authorized” by King James I of England in 1611 and changed the course of history. But before it was published there were decades of controversy over translating the Bible into the language of the people. And several translators actually lost their lives.

MARTYR WILLIAM TYNDALE

The most famous of these translators was William Tyndale, who was burned at the stake in 1536 for translating the New Testament into English. His dying words were: “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes.” And in 1611—75 years later—his prayer was answered when the “authorized” King James Version was published.

MODERN ENGLISH VERSION (MEV)william-tyndale

Tyndale had an associate named John Rogers, pen name Thomas Matthews, whose Bible translation was known as the Thomas Matthews Bible or the Tyndale-Matthews Bible. Rogers was burned at the stake in 1555 for this translation, by Mary Tudor. I’m his direct descendent, 17 generations back, which is especially significant to me since the Lord supernaturally connected me with a group of translators who determined it was time for an update of the King James Version. It’s called the Modern English Version (MEV), and it was released in the fall of 2014.

If the King James Version had been first translated today it would be the Modern English Version!!

IT’S NOT KJV, BUT…

BiblesThe MEV keeps the cadence and grandeur of the King James Version but is in smooth readable English. In 1611, the Bible was translated into the common language so all could understand. But today it’s often difficult to understand with all the “thees” and “thous.” The translators of the MEV used the same Greek and Hebrew texts as the King James Version, and they made a literal translation, meaning there are no “politically correct” changes in this translation. This is a significant event for the church as this translation has the goal of helping people understand Scripture in a fresh, new way. As a believer, the Bible is inherently important to me. But as a publisher, I’ve always wanted to publish the Bible. In fact, we’ve published several study Bibles which were dreams come true for me, yet imagine how excited I am—and humbled—to now be able to publish the Modern English Version (MEV).

HONORING THE HISTORY OF THE KJV

The King James Version of the Bible is perhaps the best-selling book in the history of the English language. Even non- Christians know about it and are aware of the “thees” and “thous” of the Elizabethan-era English. That type of English is so archaic that no one talks like that anymore, and King James English is often hard to understand. Yet there are those who want to keep the King James as it is. They grew up with it, and it’s the translation they know. As the running joke goes, these people are such ardent fans of the version that they object to any changes to the historic text by saying, “If it was good enough for the Apostle Paul, it’s good enough for me.”

Of course that’s the punchline. The entire Bible as we know it wasn’t “canonized”, or recognized as complete, by the church until 367 at the very earliest (when Athanasius’ letter to the Egyptian churches included a list of the New Testament canon as it is today). In addition, the New Testament was written in Koine Greek and was not translated into English until centuries later.

CHANGES ALREADY MADE

If you read the 1611 version, you’ll notice it is vastly different from the King James Version we use today. Not only are there thees and thous, but also an s looked a lot like an f, so Psalms looks like Pfalmes. In addition, words such as rejoicing were spelled reioycing (in that time, j and i were close and interrelated in spelling). The King James Version has been updated several times over the years, mainly with modern spellings and new typefaces. Then in the early 1980s, Thomas Nelson published an updated version called the New King James Version which tried to update the King James into modern English. However, a military chaplain wanted a modern version that was more easily understood and, in particular, could be given to soldiers.

A BIBLE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

Dr. James Linzey, now a retired U.S. Army National Guard chaplain and graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, rallied and started leading an impressive group of 47 academics (the same number King James assembled) using the same Greek and Hebrew texts to do an updated version of the famous translation. Simply put, they wanted something that could be understood more easily than the King James Version. That is what we now call the Modern English Version. These academics were among the foremost scholars from across the church spectrum in 2005. Baptist, Presbyterian, Reformed, Lutheran, nondenominational, Assemblies of God, Church of God, Foursquare and others would unite to become one in this effort. The scholars represented schools such as Yale, Harvard, Gordon-Conwell, Regent, ORU, Westminster, Southwestern Baptist, Midwestern Baptist, Fuller and others. With ecumenical unity they worked until June 2013 to complete what many are calling a translation perfectly fit for today. When we met Dr. Linzey, he had yet to find someone to publish the new translation. “This is too good to be true,” we immediately thought upon hearing this. We consulted with some of the church’s leading scholars and pastors to evaluate the work, and the overwhelming conclusion was that we had a real treasure in our hands.

A PROJECT ORDAINED BY GOD

The decision was made: If Dr. Linzey had the vision and leadership to develop this translation, we knew we could use our God-given platform and distribution access to impact the world. We believe it was a miraculous series of divine coincidences that brought us this translation. In fact, because it’s making God’s Word accessible to more people, I consider this is the most important project I’ve ever done or ever will do! Not every company combines business and ministry like we do at Charisma Media. We are not publishing the MEV just to sell Bibles as a business. We are publishing it because we believe we are called to this. We are eager to see how God will use this translation to impact lives, and we want you to be a part of this as the Lord continues to spread His divine Word. If you would like to check out the MEV for yourself, it is available free online in the YouVersion app or website. It’s also available wherever Bibles are sold.

steve-strangSTEVE STRANG

Steve Strang, publisher and founder of Charisma magazine, is an award-winning journalist, entrepreneur, businessman and author. He is founder and president of Charisma Media, which in addition to Charisma, publishes Ministry Today, the Spanish magazine Vida Cristiana and Christian Retailing. In the last 36 years he has earned a reputation as the world’s leading Charismatic publisher.

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