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CONTENTS September /October 2022/Volume 48, Number 4

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Dear Charisma 6 Charismata 16 Charlie Kirk, Pastor Jack Hibbs, The Great Reset

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Beni and Bill Johnson

The Return of the gods

Pastor John Gray health crisis

Jonathan Cahn is about to reveal the most explosive book and mystery he’s ever uncovered. Have the gods returned? And are they right now transforming America—and your life?

Bible Reading Guide 88

By Jonathan Cahn

FEATURES 26

Why Every Christian Should Visit Israel There’s a reason we call the placce Jesus walked and preached “the Holy Land.” By Rabbi Jonathan Bernis

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Urgent Messages for These Troubled Times Live in hope and security knowing the One holding the future in His hands By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

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You Can be Free from an Orphan Spirit God does not want you to keep a distance from Him, He calls you close to His heart By Leif Hetland

COLUMNS 40

The Prodigal Son Turned Preacher At the Dream Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Richie Lewis is witnessing an outpouring of healings By C. Hope Flinchbaugh

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Abandoned to the Joy of Complete Surrender An unexpected brush with death prepared Foster for the inevitable By David Kyle Foster

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The Prophet’s Blessing Receive encouragement to walk in the anointing of your prophetic gift

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The Miracles and Awe of Knowing God Live, move and breath in deep relathionship with God

By John Eckhardt

By Larry and Tiz Huch

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The Lightning Rod of North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson refuses to stop sharing his Christian values By Ken Walker

No Room for Political Complacency Anymore

Time to get involved beyond the ballot box By Terri Hasdorff

8 F ire in My Bones

David encouraged himself in the Lord, and so can you By J. Lee Grady

10 S traight Talk

How you can be peaceful in every situation of your life By Joyce Meyer

12 Things to Come

As the church goes ... so goes America By Chris Sonksen

14 Guest Columnist

The miracle of Israel’s greatest friends By Yael Eckstein

90 S trang Report

Reasons for hope in trying times By Stephen Strang

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LIFE IN THE SPIRIT

“Your story on the making of Jonathan Cahn’s new documentary (“Behind the Scenes: The Harbingers of Things to Come,” Charisma, May/June 2022) was amazing!”

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Jacksonville, FL RECEIVING THE LIGHT OF HOPE The article on Matthew Barnett and the Dream Center Los Angeles was a big encouragement (“Bringing the Light of Hope,” Charisma, May/June 2022). I was so happy to hear about the amazing work they are doing there in California. The Dream Center team seem to be changing lives and bringing positive change. Kristin Smith, Van Buren, AR

Wants You to Multiply” Charisma, May/ June 2022). It seems so easy to lose sight of this when attending church week in and week out. But we are indeed called to “go and make disciples of all nations” once we have joined the kingdom. Lee Grady has a great knack for communicating topics like these at a comfortable and enjoyable level that make you want to study more. Frank Welby, Fenton, MO

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PROPHETIC MINISTRY WISDOM

Your story on the making of Jonathan Cahn’s new documentary (“Behind the Scenes: The Harbingers of Things to Come,” Charisma, May/June 2022) was amazing! I was able to see it in the theater a couple of weeks later, but having read the article beforehand, it was exciting to recall the interesting anecdotes from when your team was making the movie. Great work! Jim Plymouth, Jacksonville, FL

I have tried to operate in my prophetic gifting for many years. It has been a challenge to do so in a way that I know I am honoring God. Hubie Synn’s article on how to use your prophetic gift was helpful and enlightening (“The Do’s and Don’ts of Prophetic Ministry,” Charisma, May/June 2022). Lorraine Stevens, Elk Horn, IA

DISCIPLING AND MULTIPLYING Lee Grady’s article on discipleship reminded me how important that part of the Great Commission is (“God

PRAYING FOR AMERICA Germaine Copeland’s article (“How to Pray for America,” Charisma, May/June 2022). is a celebration of hope and faith, thank you! Jan Aaronson, Cleveland, OH

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FIRE IN MY BONES

BY J. LEE GRADY

David Encouraged Himself in the Lord—So Can You

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avid’s name appears in the Bible 971 times, learned that a warrior’s bow must sometimes be unstrung more than any other individual except in order to be effective in battle. If your bowstring is always Jesus. David went through many struggles, taut, your arrows won’t hit the target. You can’t stay in the failures and battles, yet he stayed faithful heat of battle day after day. You must learn to withdraw, to God. He knew how to keep spiritually rest and recharge. Unstring your bow, take a walk or sit on strong even when his trials overwhelmed him. your back porch and drink some iced tea. While you relax, David’s worst day is described in 1 Samuel 30, when remind yourself that God is fighting your battles, not you. the Amalekites raided his camp at Ziklag. These terrorists 3) Recall moments of God’s goodness. You can’t kidnapped the women and children, torched the city and remember all of God’s benefits unless you write them looted everything. To make matters worse, David’s own down! When you are tempted to doubt God’s faithfulness, warriors blamed him for the disaster. They were so angry savor all the moments He answered prayers in the past. they talked about stoning him. The same God who helped you 15 years ago can repeat the This type of pressure can trigger nervous breakdowns, same miracle. He has not changed! angry outbursts or abrupt resignations, but David 4) Wage war with your promises. Timothy faced didn’t quit—even when his friends turned against him. dark, demonic resistance when he pastored the church First Samuel 30:6 says: “But David encouraged himself in in Ephesus. That’s why Paul told him to “fight the good the Lord his God.” fight” using “the prophecies made How did he do that? The Bible concerning you” (1 Tim. 1:18). When “Don’t faint. Don’t quit. I face discouragement, I recall doesn’t give specifics. All we know is that after he found supernatural promises God gave me in the Don’t sink into despair.” the strength, the battle turned and David past. These words are like anchors and his army killed the marauders that hold me steady in rough seas. and recovered everything they had stolen. A really bad day Prophetic words boost my faith so I can gain a second wind. turned into an astounding victory. 5) Remember what friends have told you. I know people who’ve been traumatized by the events of First Samuel 23:16 says: “Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and the past two years. Some of them quit ministry jobs; others went to David at Horesh, and encouraged him in God.” I have withdrawn from friends; many have plunged into suspect Jonathan’s comforting words lingered in David’s depression. Stress has the power to derail us. I can’t say I’ve soul long after his friend spoke them. When David faced anything as traumatic as an Amalekite raid, but I’ve encouraged “himself” in 1 Samuel 30:6, he could have been learned a few secrets about how to find encouragement meditating on what Jonathan said many months prior. during hard times. Here are a few pointers: I’m grateful every time a friend sends me an encouraging 1) Take a praise break. When Paul and Silas found text, or calls me with an uplifting message. In every case I themselves in a Philippian jail, they sang hymns and save the words because I know I will need them later. A praised God until an earthquake rocked the building friend’s encouragement is not like manna that spoils after a and their chains fell off. Praise has power. David wrote in day, or dew that evaporates in the morning sun. The words Psalm 27:6: “And now my head will be lifted up above my of a Jonathan are like engraved jewelry, and if you keep enemies around me, and I will offer in His tent sacrifices them locked in a treasure chest you can pull them out on with shouts of joy.” You must learn to sing when you don’t your worst days. feel like it, because praise resets our souls and unlocks Don’t faint. Don’t quit. Don’t sink into despair. Learn to heaven’s answers. encourage yourself in the Lord. If you practice these habits 2) Withdraw from the stress. When I was younger, I of David, you will find the strength to fight every battle.


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STRAIGHT TALK

How You Can Be Peaceful in Every Situation of Your Life

eace is an amazing gift God offers us. I know This means that if we aren’t peaceful, we have to be ready what it’s like to live without peace—upset most to make some changes. of the time, anxious, fearful and worried. It’s The world around us probably isn’t going to change, so miserable! Since I’ve discovered how to live we need to make a conscious decision to trust God in every with God’s peace, I will do anything I need to circumstance, every day. We’re called believers, and that’s do to have it. what we’re supposed to do: Believe God! When we trust We have to understand the value of peace if we’re going Him, we enter His rest and can enjoy our lives. to have it. I think it’s interesting that one of the last things I remember when God helped me years ago to learn Jesus told His disciples before His crucifixion was about this lesson as I studied James 4. In verses 1-4, we see what peace. John 14:27 (AMP) says, “Peace I leave with you; My causes quarrels, strife and discontentment. Verse 2 (NIV) [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I says, “You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and be afraid. [Let My perfect peace fight. You do not have because you calm you in every circumstance and not ask God.” “What we need to pray is do This give you courage and strength for verse is basically saying, every challenge.]” “You want something, so you strive for God to help us learn to get it your way or make it happen In John 20:19, “Peace to you!” is the first thing Jesus said to His disciples your own, but it doesn’t work. If how to walk in peace.” on after His Resurrection. Verse 21 says, you would just ask Me, I would help “Then Jesus said to them again, you.” It’s important to point out ‘Peace to you.’” Notice the word “again.” He must have here that God won’t just give us anything we ask for. He wanted them to realize how important it was to maintain loves us and wants what’s best for us, and when we ask for their peace. things that are in His plan for us, He will give them to us. Take a moment to think about how much peace you I used to think I wanted a lot of things that ended up have. Do you worry, get upset or feel stressed-out often? making me miserable after I managed to get them. But Many people do, but that’s not the way God wants us once I started giving up my will and asking God to do to live. what He wants to do in my life, I experienced peace and A lot of times we pray for God to give us peace, but, as contentment that I’d never known before. believers in Christ, we already have it. What we need to It was so freeing for me to give up trying to run my own pray is for God to help us learn how to walk in peace. life and instead focus on seeking God and trusting Him Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) says: “Do not be anxious about to give me what He wants me to have. Psalm 37:4 (AMP) anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the desires and petitions of your heart.” peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will I want to strongly encourage you today to purposely guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” choose to seek God and delight yourself in Him before Notice in Philippians 4:6-7 that the apostle Paul is anyone or anything else in your life. He is the Source of encouraging believers to trust God in every situation so love, joy and peace. And you can calm down and cheer up they can have His peace as they go through hard times. as you live in Him! Joyce Meyer is a New York Times’ bestselling author and founder of Joyce Meyer Ministries Inc. She has authored 130 books, including Battlefield of the Mind and her newest devotional, Quiet Times With God (FaithWords). She hosts the

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THINGS TO COME

As the Church Goes ... So Goes America

ne of the most brilliant and powerful say that, “Crisis speeds up failure.” That is what the pancreations from our incredible God is the demic has done. It sped up in America what was already church. Its first appearance is found in failing. We are seeing firsthand this truth, every time a the book of Acts where the early church church closes their doors it causes America to become a models what the body of Christ was little darker. intended to be. They shared meals together, met in So, what’s the answer? Where do we go from here? homes, served each other, worshipped together, gave The answer is that there are thousands of America’s sacrificially and their numbers grew daily. churches that need help. They need to be rescued. If In America in the middle of the 20th century, the you look throughout the New Testament, you see that church was growing faster than the nation’s population. Jesus always spoke and modeled the idea of coming to The church was on the move ... but then something began the rescue. In John 4 when Jesus left Judea on His way to to shift. By the beginning of the new century, the church Galilee, it states that He had to go through Samaria. Look was starting to shrink. on the map, Samaria was out of the way. The reason He Gallup reported recently that for had to go through Samaria is that the first time in America’s history less there was a woman who needed to “We need to support than half the population claimed to be rescued. have a faith. When you dive deeper We see the same type of response our home church into the study, you discover the in the story of the Good Samaritan, majority of this reduction among someone needed to be rescued. with our time, talent the faith community has only Jesus modeled it for us and placed accelerated in the last two decades. the mantle of responsibility on our and resources.” Whereas in 2000, 70% of the nation shoulders. When we see something claimed a faith—by 2020 that that needs to be rescued, He calls number dropped to 47%. With fewer people claiming us to action. That’s a sign of maturity, “When the rescued any faith, it creates the next challenge—churches across become the rescuers.” the nation closing at an astounding rate. Over the past few years, multiple pastors across the Thousands of churches close every year but that nation began coming to the rescue. They are providing has always been offset by new church plants opening. mentoring, resources and emergency funds to churches That pattern flipped in 2014 for the first time when more that need help. One by one they are coming to the rescue churches closed than were opened. Each year since 2014 to bring hope to pastors and help to the local church. the gap has continued to widen between how many The task is big and the need is great. The battle, howchurches close compared to how many open. ever, needs everyone on the field. That includes you. We In January 2020, CNN published an article titled, “A need to pray for our pastors like never before. We need new solution for America’s empty churches: A change to support our home church with our time, talent and of faith,” that reported how Protestant and Catholic resources. Finally, we need to do all we can to start popuchurches have decreased in America and Islam is now lating our churches by inviting those far from God to join the fastest growing faith in our nation. Even without this us. Let’s make heaven crowded. data, you must admit that America isn’t the same. I’m The task is big but the body of Christ is bigger. Let’s not talking about the change over the last few decades, get in the game ... lets fight! Let’s come to the rescue for how about the change over just the last few years? They this amazing God-given creation called the local church. Chris Sonksen is the founding pastor of South Hills Church, a multi-site ministry and is the founder of Church Boom, an organization committed to coaching pastors and rescuing churches. He has authored several books including: When Your Church Feels Stuck, Quit Church and his latest book Saving Your Church From Itself. Chris and his wife, Laura, reside in Southern California and have two adult children, Grace and Aidan.

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eople often ask me, with all the threats that experience, that for the first time in history, the Jewish Israel faces, isn’t it frightening to live there? people have staunch friends and allies in Christians. The Don’t I worry about my children? Bible says that Israel “will be called a house of prayer for If I look at it through worldly eyes, then yes, all nations” (Isa. 56:7), and we all—Christians and Jews— it can certainly be frightening. Looking at it are called to be in this together. that way, you might even think people who make aliyah It has taken us over 2,000 years, but we are here. Praise (immigrate to Israel), as my husband and I did, are crazy. God we heard His call, and that He has given us the But seen through spiritual eyes, it becomes clear that privilege and honor to partner with Him in bringing these we—and our children—are so blessed to be here. We are words to fruition. safe, because we are in God’s hands. Today, the International Fellowship of Christians and Yes, we’re surrounded by enemies. Yes, there are bigger Jews is the largest provider of humanitarian aid in Israel. and more powerful countries focused on wiping us off the And since so many of our supporters are Christians, this map. But God has shown us that that will never happen. means that Christians are our key, essential partners in In Israel, we don’t just believe in providing aid to Jewish people in miracles. We live them. need in the Holy Land. I think of Israel’s first Prime “Christians are making Orphans, widows, Holocaust Minister David Ben-Gurion, who survivors, all get food every single said, “In Israel, in order to be a realist, biblical prophecy come week because of Christians who love you must believe in miracles.” them. Thousands of bomb shelters to fruition ... part of I think of the establishment have been built to protect Israelis of the state of Israel in 1948. The because of Christians who love them. God’s plan to unite people who established Israel were Soup kitchens open their doors to the prophetic words of Ezekiel—the the Holy Land’s hungry because his children ... here “dry bones”—come to life. Some of Christians who love them. Jews were Holocaust survivors, their in the Promised Land are coming home to their biblical clothes too big for them because and historic homeland because of the concentration camps had Christians who love them. of Israel ... [we are] left them no more than skin and Christians are making biblical bones. But on that day in 1948 when saying to our Christian prophecy come to fruition. Christians Israel was established and mighty are part of God’s plan to unite His armies attacked us from all sides, children. Christians are partnering friends, ‘Todah threatening to push us into the sea, with God to bring His words to life. Rabah. Thank you.’” do you know what happened? God And I am here in the Promised defended us. Land of Israel on behalf of the I think of 1967, when all of those surrounding armies Holocaust survivors, on behalf of the orphans, on behalf once again came together to destroy Israel. Even Israel of the widows, on behalf of the immigrants and on behalf thought: maybe we are doomed. But no, once again, of Jews like myself, my husband and my children saying to God came through. In six days, we miraculously won our Christian friends, “Todah Rabah. Thank you.” against those committed to our destruction. Again, God With God’s help, this true fellowship we have built defended us. together will continue to bless and sustain Israel and her And now I’m also encouraged because I know, from people long into the future.


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y now, you’ve no doubt heard of the Great Reset, the World Economic Forum’s plans for a one-world government. But Charlie Kirk of Turning Point Ministries USA, along with Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, California, warn that if you see this as a far-off prediction rather than a present reality, you may want to think again. Kirk says the WEF, founded and led by Klaus Schwab, is on a hell-bent mission to destroy Western values—biblical values—and to drive the Ten Commandments out of our culture. “They are doing everything they possibly can to break the Ten Commandments,” Kirk says. “It’s broader than that, but I think that’s a good way to frame it.” “The West did not create these values; these

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are biblical values,” Hibbs adds. “Those values are from the Middle East, from Israel and the God of Israel. It’s the West that adopted those values. Any nation, any continent, any person can adopt those values. The West chose to do that. “Western values are an extension of the Judeo-Christian construct, specifically New Testament teaching,” Kirk reiterates. “Western values are a belief in God-granted natural rights, separation of powers and consent of the governed. Western values reject this idea that a singular individual has a mandate to rule over you without question. ... What they are trying to do is to break, by 2030, biblical values—more specifically, they want to break every single one of the Ten Commandments. Every single one.”

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cautions” as Feucht staged a Nashville concert that drew over 10,000 people. Feucht told Charisma founder Stephen Strang that a female reporter from Rolling Stone showed up pretending to be an intercessor. “Her purpose was to report on religious extremism,” Feucht said. And the incident didn’t deter him one bit. “I am totally cool with it,” he said. “We’re going to keep seeing that God will show up.”

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BY JONATHAN CAHN s it possible that behind what is happening to America and the world lies a mystery hidden in inscriptions of ancient Mesopotamia? Could the ancient entities known to the nations as the “gods” be more than just fiction and myth—but actually possess an independent reality? Is it possible that they have returned to our world? Could these entities lie behind what we see on our television screens and computer monitors, what our children are being taught in their classrooms, current events, news and the movements of our times—behind what is even now influencing our lives without our realizing it? Could this mystery be the explanation behind all the strange transformations happening to our culture in our own day? Is it possible that one of these ancient entities actually entered the streets of New York City and started a cultural revolution that is still transforming our world? Could there be a mystery that lies behind the sign of the rainbow and why it is now saturating our culture—a mystery that goes back to the tablets of ancient Sumer? Could the mystery of the gods actually have determined the outcome and timing of Supreme Court rulings down to their exact days? Is it possible that the dynamics of ancient mythology have played out in our public squares in city streets in real time? What is it all leading to? And what do we need to know in dealing with them—and in view of the future? On September 6, I will release what I believe will be the most explosive book I have ever written. It is called The Return of the Gods. It is

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Ancient Mystery Revealed

The mystery that The Return of the Gods will open will be of an entirely other dimension, one in which lies virtually everything now taking place in our culture. In the space I have here, I will be able to give you an initial taste of what’s in the mystery and the book. When we think of the gods of the ancient and pagan worlds, we think in terms of mythology and fantasy. But the Bible reveals that behind the ancient gods and idols were entities known in Hebrew as the shedim or spirits, and in the New Testament as the daimonia. It’s from that word that we get the word demons. What this means is that the gods never really die. What if the gods were to return to the modern world? What would happen? The book will reveal that they have and it’s already happening. The keys to the return of the gods are found in an ancient parable given by Jesus. When one applies it to the modern world, it reveals an ominous warning. If those nations and cultures that have known God should ever turn away from God, away from the Gospel, from the Word and from Christianity, they will open up the door to the spirits, to the return of the gods. They will open up the door to be possessed or repossessed by the shedim. If the gods are returning—then which gods? The answer is, the gods that have now come into the modern world are the same that were part of the apostasy and falling away of ancient Israel. I will give a glimpse into some of them that are at work at this very moment transforming

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The Possessor

The first god of the dark trinity was known as the Possessor. In ancient times he had warred with the God of Israel. So he would do so again—in America and the West. And so in the mid-20th century a spirit came into America leading it to cast God out of its institutions and lives. It was the spirit of the Possessor. Since pagan gods rule over pagan cultures and nations, the Possessor would set out to transform America from a Christian nation into a pagan one. Thus he began a metamorphosis—that of America’s paganization. Much of the mystifying changes now overtaking American culture are the signs and symptoms of this metamorphosis. The book will reveal how this ancient mystery and this ancient god actually lie behind wokism, political correctness, cancel culture, the modern computer, the genetic merging of man and animal, modern morality, Hollywood and much more. The book reveals how the ancient symbol of that god, a molten image of a beast, actually manifested in 22

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turned away from God and Christianity, they began taking up the ancient pagan practice of child sacrifice and offered up millions in abortion.

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The Enchantress

The next deity of the dark trinity was the Enchantress. In some ancient mythologies of the Middle East, she was the wife or consort of the Possessor. She was the goddess of sexuality and, specifically, of sexual immorality. Therefore, with the return of the ancient goddess, we would expect a revolution to take place in the realm of sexuality. And that is exactly what happened. America’s turning from God in the 1960s was followed by what would be called

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“the sexual revolution.” Behind it all lay the spirit of the ancient goddess. In many ways, pornography originated with this specific goddess and, upon her return, she initiated an explosion of pornography that affects us to this day. In her mythology, there were fights against male authority. So what we see in our culture, a war against male authority and the doctrines of radical feminism come from her. The goddess was the caster of spells and enchantments. So at the same time that the sexual revolution was in full swing, there was a revival in the practice of the occult. The book will reveal how the Enchantress has placed America under her spell. c h a r i s ma ma g. co m

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change a man into a woman. Some of her priests had been altered, surgically altered, castrated. She transitioned men into women and women into men. So it is no accident that we are now witnessing an explosion in transgenderism—men being surgically altered to appear as women and women surgically altered to appear as men. Behind it all is the work of the goddess.

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The Destroyer and Transformer

As the Possessor had led to the Enchantress, so the Enchantress had led to the third god, the Destroyer. He was the god of human sacrifice and particularly the god of child sacrifice. It is believed that in ancient times, the children who were born of the goddess’s cult of sexual immorality would become sacrifices on the altars of the Destroyer. Upon the return of the gods to the modern world, the sexual revolution of the goddess would lead to the killing of children in the legalizing of abortion. Behind abortion was the Destroyer. Human sacrifice, and particularly child sacrifice, was one of the most common practices of pagan civilization. As America and the West turned away from God and Christianity, they began taking up the ancient pagan practice of child sacrifice and offered up millions in abortion.

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sung to her glory declares that the goddess possessed the power to... ...turn a man into a woman and a woman into a man, to change one into the other... It was her power to change male into female and female into male. The Return of the Gods reveals that the strange transformations now overtaking America and world culture are all part of this ancient mystery. When we watch what is happening in our culture, the de-feminization and the masculinization of woman, the goddess is behind it. So too she is the mystery behind something else we are now witnessing—the emasculating and feminization of men. Her ancient male priesthood was known for dressing up as women. Today they would be seen as crossdressers, transvestites or drag queens. The book reveals how the goddess is another phenomenon of the modern world, the changing of women to appear as men—and men to appear as women. It lies behind everything from children’s cartoons to drag queen storybook hours. The goddess was said to have the power to literally and physically

One of the most amazing revelations concerns the night that the goddess who altered gender manifested in New York City. It was that night that began the movement that would overturn sexuality, marriage, gender and identity and that would war against biblical morality and values. It was the night that began the Stonewall uprisings and that gave birth to the LGBTQ and Pride movements. That night, the goddess’ mythology played out in real time on the streets of New York. The elements that appear in her ancient tablets now materialized outside a bar in Greenwich Village. They included a lion’s head, a gate, a house known as the eshdam, where the goddess would dwell, the goddess’ cross-gendered cult and priesthood and much more. It even involved something called “Dance of the Goddess” that broke out in the middle of the riot. It included a human ‘avatar’ or ‘host,’ a woman who represented the goddess and appeared to be possessed by her.

The Sun, the Month and the Parades

The day that began the modern LGBTQ and Pride movements was saturated with the signs of the goddess. Even the timing of the event was part of the mystery. It happened within days of one of the most important times on the pagan calendar. It took place in the ancient Babylonian month dedicated to the goddess and her lover. The book will also reveal that it was all sealed on the 10th of Tammuz, the day on the ancient calendar appointed for the

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casting of the spell to cause “a man to love a man.” In ancient times, the goddess was especially linked to processions and parades. So the modern movement begun by the goddess to alter sexuality would be known by its parades.

sacred month, full of processions and parades and the displays of her works. A strange thing has happened to America and Western civilization. It has become saturated with the sign of the rainbow. Did you ever wonder why? The Return of the Gods will

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The book will reveal the ancient descriptions of the goddess’s parades, as spectacles in which men dressed or acted as women, women dressed as or acted like men, boundaries were broken and gender was inverted. The modern Pride parades are part of the mystery. Every year, an entire month was dedicated to the goddess’s mythology and was noted for its ceremonies and processions. It was the ancient month named after her lover, Tammuz. So every year, an entire month is dedicated to celebrating the goddess’s works—Pride month. When was the goddess’s ancient month? In the summer. So Pride month inaugurates the summer. The book reveals the ancient writings of Roman witnesses that identify the goddess’s sacred month as Junium—the month of June! It is no accident that upon her return to the modern world, the goddess has again made June her 24

reveal it. It goes back to the tablets of ancient Sumer and Babylon. It has to do with the goddess. What it actually means is very different from what most people believe it does. It’s true meaning would shock those who display it.

What Lies Ahead and What You Need to Know

This is but a brief taste of the mysteries revealed in The Return of the Gods. The mysteries are so mind-boggling that they have even determined the rulings of the United States Supreme Court—and the exact dates the rulings had to be handed down! And they are even at this moment affecting all of our lives, the lives of our loved ones and our future. There is virtually no area of life that has not been affected or is not being affected by the gods. The last section of the book is called The War of the Gods. It reveals where

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it is all heading. It exposes the plan and end-game of the gods—what it all has to do with coming ‘war’—and a coming persecution of believers. It reveals what we must all know in order to stand strong—against the gods, and how to overcome in the days ahead. Those who have read the advance copy are saying they believe it is one of, if it not the most important book I have ever written, and the most explosive. It’s going to expose the most colossal and critical powers of our day and age and explain why what’s happening is happening. I have no doubt that God wants it to go forth at this hour. The release date is Sept. 6, 2022. Pray. And get it not only for yourself but for all those in your life who need to know what’s happening—and have no idea of the spiritual dynamic that is underway. Pray that God will anoint and powerfully use The Return of the Gods to accomplish His purpose at this hour— to expose the darkness, to open longclosed doors, to break down walls and barriers, to set captives free and to bring revival and redemption for such a time as this. JONATHAN CAHN caused a worldwide stir with the release of his explosive first book, The Harbinger, which became an instant New York Times bestseller and brought him to national and international prominence. His next five books were all New York Times bestsellers: The Mystery of the Shemitah, The Book of Mysteries, The Paradigm, The Oracle and The Harbinger II. Long before writing these books, he was known for opening the deep mysteries of Scripture and bringing forth messages of prophetic import. He leads Hope of the World, an international outreach of the Word, teachings and compassion projects for the needy around the world. He also leads the Jerusalem Center/Beth Israel, made up of people of all backgrounds, outside New York City, in Wayne, New Jersey. Called the prophetic voice of this generation, Cahn is a much-sought-after speaker and has been highlighted in the New York Times as well as in many national and international media. He has spoken at the United Nations, on Capitol Hill and to millions of people around the world. c h a r i s ma ma g. co m


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one true God) they face toward Jerusalem in whatever country from which they are praying. For Christians, Jerusalem is the place where Jesus celebrated His final Passover Seder with His disciples (also known as the Last Supper), was con-

demned to die by Pontus Pilate, was ridiculed and beaten, died on the cross for our sins, was buried, rose again and after 40 days ascended to His Father from the Mount of Olives. Jerusalem is also where the Spirit of God was poured out in the temple on Shavuot (Pentecost) and 3,000 were saved, marking the official birth of

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2020, Israel completely shut down to tourists. And until just a few months ago, only those who were vaccinated could enter the country. But Israel has now lifted this ban, and tourism is finally back in full swing. So now is the time to go! Following are six reasons why every Christian should visit Israel: 1) Touring Israel will transform your understanding of the Bible. When you read in the Bible about David slaying Goliath, Elijah defeating the prophets of Baal, Gideon and the 300 defeating the Midianite army, the disciples battling the wind and the waves on the Sea of Galilee, Jesus turning over the tables of the money changers outside the temple—you can see with your own eyes where these events actually happened. You can read the Bible accounts on the very spot they took place thousands of years ago! From the first time I toured c h a r i s ma ma g. co m

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something may happen. Maybe the Messiah will return? And if He does, it’s going to be here. The world’s three major monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity and Islam—all claim Jerusalem as central to their faith. For Jews, Jerusalem is the capital of a land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their descendants nearly 4,000 years ago as an everlasting possession. Since the time of King David, the great ruler who reigned from Jerusalem during Israel’s golden age as a world power (around 1,000 B.C.), the city has been a focal point of the Jewish faith. Over their 70-year exile in Babylon from 586-516 B.C., the Jews’ longing to return to their homeland was reflected in their prayers. “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill. If I do not remember you, let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I do not have Jerusalem as my highest joy” (Ps. 137:5-6). During their 2,000-year dispersion as they wandered from nation to nation, the Jewish people never lost hope that one day they would return to their homeland. Every time a Jewish person confesses the Shema (the confession of the

the New Testament church. But Israel isn’t just about Jerusalem. The entire country is a walk-through museum of the Bible. From the Sea of Galilee and Megiddo in the north down to the Be’er Sheva and the Negev Desert in the south and everywhere in between, the entire land is loaded with ancient sites mentioned by name throughout the Old and New Testament. For over two years, since the outbreak of the pandemic in March of


Israel, seeing these sites in person completely revolutionized and transformed my Bible reading. Imagine standing on the top of Megiddo (Armageddon) and scanning the sprawling fields of the Jezreel Valley below that run for miles toward Jerusalem as you read from Revelation 16 and 19 about the final battle. I’ve been on the Sea of Galilee when the winds suddenly began to gust and the water became turbulent. I now understand why the disciples were afraid because I’ve experienced it myself, albeit I was in a much larger and safer boat than they had. By the way, make sure you go to see the Jesus boat at the Yigal Alon Museum in Kibbutz Ginosar near Capernaum. It is an actual boat from the time of Jesus, recovered from the bottom of the Sea of Galilee and painstakingly restored. Before I went to Israel, every time I read the Sermon on the Mount, I had a mental picture of Jesus standing on top of a mountain, teaching the large crowd below. But once I saw the topography around the Sea of Galilee, I had a completely different picture, one I now believe is accurate. Jesus was not teaching the people by standing above them; he was teaching them from below. These are just a few examples; I could give you a hundred others. I’ll summarize by saying that touring the Holy Land and seeing the very places the great stories of the Bible took place will connect you with the text in an entirely new way. It is the equivalent of seeing a movie on location as opposed to reading a screenplay. That’s why every serious student of the Bible needs to go to Israel. 2) Israel is the only place you can walk where Jesus walked. Contrary to esoteric writings that claim Jesus traveled during his “hidden years” to India or other remote places of the world, other than a brief trip to Egypt to escape Herod’s death decree as a toddler, Jesus spent his entire life in Israel. One of the most amazing experiences for us as followers of Yeshua is to retrace the life of our Savior. The New Testament (based on prophecies found in the Old) serves as a virtual ch ar is ma ma g.com

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God is unlocking the mysteries of the biblical sites of the Holy Land in Israel. Delve deeper into His truths as you walk in the footsteps of Jesus and let God’s Word come alive in your life. Magdala The large mural inside the church at Magdala shows the healing of the woman with the issue of blood. When she heard about Jesus, she pressed through a large crowd and touched His garment. Immediately, her bleeding stopped and she was healed. Jesus asked, “Who touched Me?” He looked around to see the woman. As an unclean woman, she had broken tradition to be seen in public, and to reach out and touch the hem of Jesus’ tallit. The Sea of Galilee Lag Ba Omer is celebrated on the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer. It’ a time to take a look at your life and make changes. Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Jesus was talking about the city of Safed, where people received divine wisdom from God’s Word. You can see the city from the Sea of Galilee. During this special time, you are reminded to work together, repair the world by doing good and always receive God’s divine wisdom. The River Jordan In Jewish tradition, the mikveh, or the baptismal tank for cleansing, is called “the womb of the world.” There were two types of birth Jesus wanted Nicodemus to understand. There was his physical birth, And his spiritual birth. When you are baptized you need to expect something supernatural to happen. The limitations of this world come off your life when you come up and out of the waters of baptism. You are receiving a revelation that is transforming your life. The Temple Steps When we walk up the steps to the Temple, we think about what it means to go in the right direction. We decide to be a little kinder, more patient, more generous and spend more time in God’s presence. The Psalms of Ascent happen when we bring our first fruits offerings to the Lord and God opens the windows of heaven over us. God’s power is funneled from His throne into our lives. We are like the ancient pilgrims of Israel who made their way up the steps of the Temple. The Tabernacle of David The Tabernacle of David was a place of worship where there was no dividing wall between Jews and Gentiles. That is prophetic now because of what is happening during the last days. The breach between Jews and Christians is being repaired. We are worshipping the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We are standing with the nation of Israel and the Jewish people. Garden of Gethsemane Jesus knew what was about to happen to Him. He prayed, “Father, if there be some other way, let this cup pass from Me. But not My will but Yours be done.” At that moment, the vessels below His skin broke open and droplets of blood came to the surface. He redeemed, forgave, healed and broke every curse over our lives. The Garden Tomb Many Christians don’t know about Passover, which Jesus celebrated with His disciples. Instead they observe the Lord’s Supper. The blessings of the Seder meal include the three matzah and the four cups. The four cups are sanctification by the blood of Jesus, deliverance, redemption by His blood and the coming of our Bridegroom. Keep discovering the life-changing revelations the Lord always intended you to experience as you learn more about your rich heritage in Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Supernatural blessings, favor and miracles are awaiting you as you discover the deeper truth OF your Jewish roots in Israel. S e p t e m be r / Oc t o be r 2 02 2 | C H A RI S M A

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Hagee Ministries, CUFI Bring Jewish Ukrainian War Refugees Home to Israel

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“While I am grateful for every life we have helped save, I am haunted by the knowledge that there are still those who have not yet escaped. We must and will do more.”—Pastor John Hagee. When Vladimir Putin, the authoritarian leader of Russia, invaded Ukraine, the world was shocked and dismayed. When Pastor John Hagee, the founder and chairman of Christians United for Israel, saw the news of the invasion, he knew exactly what his organization’s mission required his team to do: Aid Jewish refugees of the conflict in their effort to flee the deadly violence and build new lives in their ancestral homeland of Israel. “CUFI has more than 11 million members,” Hagee says. “We educate them about the importance of standing with Israel as God’s chosen people. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem, but we also add decisive action to our prayers. When I saw what the butcher of Moscow was doing in Ukraine, I knew we had to act.” The challenge for Hagee and CUFI was that the organization is, at its core, focused on educating Christians about their biblical mandate to support Israel. CUFI is not, in the traditional sense, a humanitarian organization. But that couldn’t stop CUFI from having an impact. The group’s executive leadership was determined to help no matter what. The very day Hagee made the decision to act, CUFI staff began learning about what was being done to aid those caught in the clutches of Putin’s immoral war of aggression, and in the course of their research, they learned about the efforts of the Jewish Agency for Israel to aid Jewish Ukrainian refugees. “We decided the best thing we could do was help as many Jews escape the conflict as possible by using our megaphone and appealing to our membership to raise funds for the Jewish Agency and assist them in what they have successfully done for over 93 years—bring the Jews of the world home to Israel,” Hagee says. Within 11 days, Hagee Ministries, CUFI and its allies in this effort had raised and delivered over $2 million to the Jewish Agency. Shortly thereafter, Hagee; his wife, Diana; and CUFI’s senior staff traveled to Israel for meetings and events. During the trip, the team received a planeload of refugees at Ben Gurion Airport, all enabled to immigrate through CUFI’s funding. “It was a moment I will never forget,” says Diana Hagee, CUFI’s co-executive director. “So many women and children got off that plane. All were overwhelmed with bittersweet emotion because their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers had stayed behind to fight the Russian horde. I was elated they had arrived, and yet my heart was heavy with the knowledge that so many were still in harm’s way.” Pastor Hagee felt exactly the same range of emotions, and it stayed with him. The next day, sitting at dinner, he asked a simple question, “How much does it cost to bring a Jewish refugee from Ukraine to Israel; including bus, train and air travel and anything else they may need?” As soon as he got a response, he pulled out a pen, did some quick math on the back of a napkin and confirmed what he had already suspected: $2 million was nowhere near enough. “I always knew that our work had just begun, but I decided we needed to redouble our efforts and focus all of our collective power on this one task,” Pastor Hagee says. Within 24 hours of that dinner, a full-fledged fundraising plan had been developed. Pastor Hagee’s plan worked. Since that trip, Hagee Ministries, CUFI and their allies have raised an additional $6 million, bringing thousands more Jewish people to freedom and safety in their promised homeland. In sum, over $8 million has been raised as part of this effort. Every penny raised for refugees goes to the Jewish Agency; no overhead is taken from the funds raised. The travel, advertisements and administrative efforts associated with raising funds to help the Ukrainian Jewish refugees all come from CUFI’s and Hagee Ministries’ general budgets. If you sense the Spirit’s prompting to support efforts to aid Jewish Ukrainian war refugees, please visit cufi.org/ukraine. 30

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travel guide. We know from the Gospels where he was born: Bethlehem, which incidentally means “House of Bread” in Hebrew. You can walk through the Church of the Nativity, built over the cave the Catholic and Orthodox Church believe is the actual site of His birth. I prefer to visit one of the natural grottoes found in the shepherds’ fields outside the town that were used in Bible times as simple shelters to shield shepherds from the elements. This will give you a great visual to remember every time you read the accounts of His birth. Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown, remains a functioning city today. Nazareth Village is a fabulous attraction run by Israeli Jewish believers in Jesus who reenact the experience of walking into a first-century Galilean village. At Capernaum, you can visit the remains of the ancient synagogue where Jesus began His public ministry. Although the synagogue itself is a bit newer (sixth century), it is built over the remains of the actual synagogue Jesus Himself was in. We know this because the original floor was excavated and is visible beneath. Although some of the other traditional sites may not be the exact spot where Jesus walked on the water; fed the 5,000; taught the multitudes or healed Peter’s mother-in-law, the Sea of Galilee is, without doubt, the exact place. Make sure you take a boat trip and mediate on the fact that you may be crossing exactly where Jesus once crossed over as He did so many times almost 2,000 years before you! Other sites you will want to visit to follow in the footsteps of Jesus include the Mount of Beatitudes, Caesarea-Philippi (also known as Banias), Bethany, Jericho and of course, everything relating to His final days in Jerusalem: the upper room on Mt. Zion, the Gardens of Gethsemane (where you will see with your own eyes olive trees dating back to the time of Jesus), the Via Dolorosa (the Way of the Cross, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre), the Western Wall/ temple area and the Garden Tomb. 3) Visiting Israel will restore your faith in miracles. You will be surprised c h a r i s ma ma g. co m


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as you travel through the Holy Land just how small this country really is. The entire country, roughly the size of New Jersey, is a tiny island surrounded by a sea of Islamic nations. And since the reestablishment of the modern state of Israel in 1948 until recently, all these surrounding nations sought to wipe Israel off the map. Countries such as Iran are still fully committed to this, as are terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah. The entire Arab world, in fact most of the world, never thought this start-up nation would survive. What they did not understand is that God declared He would preserve the Jewish people and would one day bring them back to their land. As you tour this land, you will come to understand more fully with each day what a modern miracle this country really is. David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel, once said, “In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles.” As you listen to the history of the seemingly insurmountable challenges of the 19th-century settlers who first had a vision to restore the land of Israel and the incredible odds against them that the fledgling state of Israel faced in 1948, along with the Six-Day War of 1967 and the Yom Kippur War of 1973, your trust in the faithfulness of a miracle-working God will be supercharged. 4) A trip to Israel will connect you with your Israeli family in the faith. One of the greatest opportunities many Christians miss when they go on ch ar is ma ma g.com

an Israel tour is the chance to connect with their Israeli brothers and sisters in the faith. Today, there are an estimated 16,000-25,000 Israeli believers in Yeshua. There are now Messianic Jewish and Arab congregations in almost every city in the country, and more are popping up all the time. The body in Israel is growing and making a greater and greater impact on society, often through humanitarian projects

helping the poor, single mothers, new immigrants and victims of terrorism and missile attacks. Seeing Jews and Arabs walking together in love and unity because their lives were transformed by the power of God is a marvelous thing to experience. The growing number of Jewish believers in Israel is a direct fulfillment of last-days Bible prophecy. 5) Going to Israel is a tangible way to bless Israel. Before COVID shut down Israel, tourism accounted— directly or indirectly—for close to 230,000 jobs, or approximately 5% of Israel’s total employment. Both 2018 and 2019 were banner years, with

over 4.9 million tourists visiting this tiny nation in 2019, 12% more than the year before. The nation’s tourism industry produced $6.49 billion of revenue for Israel in 2019. As you can imagine, with the loss of so many jobs, Israel has suffered severe economic hardship. By going on a tour to Israel, you can play a direct role in helping to rebuild Israel’s economy and restore jobs to thousands of workers who desperately need to support their families. 6) If you wait, it may be too late. The Bible is clear: when Jesus returns, He is not coming back to New York. He’s not coming to London or Paris or Rome. And He’s not coming back to some metaphorical “Jerusalem in the sky”—He is coming back to Jerusalem.

Scripture says before He returns, there will be growing instability and global upheaval. The COVID pandemic should be a wake-up call to all of us that the world can change overnight. If a trip to Israel is not on your bucket list, may I suggest you reconsider? The experience will forever change your life. JONATHAN BERNIS is president and CEO of Jewish Voice Ministries International and has been a leader in Messianic Jewish ministry for over 30 years. He hosts JVMI’s weekly syndicated television show, Jewish Voice With Jonathan Bernis, which airs worldwide.

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love books. When I say “books,” I’m primarily talking about real books—books you hold in your hands and read with your eyes. (And yes, that includes e-books.) Podcasts and audio books are fine for traveling or for when we don’t really feel like concentrating. But books—real books—are (in my opinion) the preferred storehouses of life-changing insights and truths. Books distill the thoughts, convictions and emotions of other human beings onto the printed page. You can hold these thoughts in your hand. You can underline and highlight them, dog-ear and bookmark them, and refer to them again and again. When I studied for the ministry at Moore Theological University in Sydney, Australia, my instructors filled me with a sense of urgency to preach the uncompromised Word of God. They instilled a love of truth in me by pointing me to classic Christian books—the works of such great Christian 34

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minds as Augustine of Hippo and Martin Luther and John Calvin. In the books I read, tongues that had been stilled for centuries could speak once more, communicating timeless truths to my hungry mind. Over the years, the two authors who have had the deepest impact on my life (other than the Author of the Bible) are John R. W. Stott and J. I. Packer. Both of these great Christian souls have gone to be with the Lord—Stott in 2011 and Packer in 2020—but their books are still prominently displayed on my shelves. I open these books frequently, and they speak to me as compellingly as ever. Because God has used books in such a powerful way to shape my life, I feel called by God to write. By the grace of God, I have had the privilege of setting forth, in book form, the thoughts, convictions and feelings that God has poured into my heart. I am deeply grateful to Charisma House for providing c h a r i s ma ma g. co m

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such a good home for my four most recent books. I have written these four books out of a sense of urgency, during a time of crisis out of a belief that we are entering times of increasing and intensifying challenge for the Christian church. Now, more than ever, we face times that call us to get serious with God and to obey Him with every ounce of our being. Let me tell you why I wrote these four books.

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Hope for This Present Crisis

I wrote Hope for This Present Crisis in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which had paralyzed the global economy, bankrupted businesses, closed schools and threatened the global economy. The pandemic killed millions of people and showed us that our civilization was much more fragile than we ever imagined. Yet the pandemic was not the “present crisis” I was writing about. I was alarmed and troubled over an even more dangerous global crisis: the decline of Christianity and the collapse of Christian influence in the world. This crisis continues to threaten our civilization. Across America and Europe, churches are emptying. Unbelief is spreading. A generation has turned its back on the God of the Bible. The result is an epidemic of addiction, suicide and violence. Across our society we see ever more abortions, more empty cradles and fewer marriages. As the love of many grows cold, we see deeper political divisions, more violent racial divisions and widespread rioting and killing in our streets. When we cease to believe in God, something else will fill the God-shaped void. The decline of Christianity in our culture has produced a moral and spiritual “hollowing-out” of society. All the other social ills we face stem from the decline of Christian influence in the world. In an April 2021 podcast, two men—a devout

Muslim and a prominent secular Jew—had an amazing conversation about Christianity. The Muslim said, “I am longing for more Americans to rediscover Christianity, and to be more Christian, even though I don’t believe in Christianity myself.” The secular Jew agreed, saying that he was alarmed by the decline of Christianity in America. “I very much worry about what’s going to happen to America,” he said. “To me, an unchurched America is a much scarier America.” Imagine that! A devout Muslim and a secular Jew are worried about the decline of Christianity—and they agree that America needs Christian revival! That’s a wake-up call for you and me. In Luke 18:8, Jesus asks, “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” Demographic researcher George Barna has conducted nationwide surveys showing how worldly beliefs have infected the Christian church. He found that only 17% of church-going Christians hold a biblical worldview! Barna defines a “biblical worldview” as a belief that the Bible is totally accurate in all of its principles, a belief that we cannot earn our way to heaven through good works, a belief that Jesus lived a sinless life on earth, a belief that Satan is a real being (and not merely a symbol), and a belief that God is the all-knowing, all-powerful Creator and ruler of the world. Only 17% of self-described Christians agree with those Bible-based statements. Clearly, we in the church have allowed worldly ideas to infect our beliefs. Biblical faith is in decline. As a result, our society is in a state of chaos, conflict and disarray. But here’s the good news: Decline is not inevitable. Decline is a choice—and so is restoration. You and I must make the wise and godly choice. This is the time to choose faith and courage. Hope for This Present Crisis is a biblical blueprint for living confident, godly lives in a time of moral confusion. As the apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 16:13, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” I wrote Hope for This Present Crisis to encourage you to boldly live out your Christian faith in these perilous post-Christian times.

Empowered by Praise

In September 2021, Charisma House released the 20th anniversary edition of Empowered by Praise: Experiencing God’s Presence and Power When You Give Him Glory. I wrote the book to reveal the blessings of authentic worship in our lives. God deserves our praise, and our praise honors Him. But did you know that praising God changes us and enriches our lives? Praise is the primary means by which we invite the Lord to establish His presence, purpose and authority in every aspect of our lives. The world has changed greatly in the 20 years since Empowered by Praise was first published, but the reality of


I wrote Empowered by Praise to reveal the empowering adventure of a life of praise to God. I pray that this book will motivate and inspire you to truly enjoy God as you praise and glorify Him.

Never Give Up

Have you ever wondered why nonbelievers display such an intense hatred for Jesus and His followers? What is it about our faith in God’s infallible Word that triggers such hostility among the unsaved? The answer may be simpler than you think. The gospel tells us that we are lost in our sin, and there is no way to save ourselves through good works. Salvation is a free gift of God’s grace, and we can only obtain salvation through faith, not works. That message is a problem for nonbelievers. The natural mind says, “I admit I’m not perfect, but I’m a good person. God will accept me. I don’t need a Savior.” I wrote Never Give Up: Holding

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Biblical truth is under assault. Christians are hated and persecuted.

encountering the Lord Most High! And so should we. It’s a tragedy that all too many believers have never been taught the importance of praise. Giving God the praise He deserves is vital to our spiritual growth. When we neglect to praise Him, we bottle up the power of God and prevent that power from flowing through our lives. Praising God leads to the enjoyment of God’s presence in our lives. As C. S. Lewis rightly observed, “In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.” Praise prepares us to receive blessings from God. Praise produces spiritual growth and development. Praise is the great engine that unleashes His power in our lives.

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Fast to Biblical Truth in Times of Danger and Despair as an urgent warning. The truth of the gospel is in great danger. Biblical truth is under assault. Christians are hated and persecuted for clinging to the true faith found in the Bible. Tragically, many in the church, out of a desire to be accepted by this dying world, have begun to compromise and abandon biblical truth. Many preachers now preach a message of human goodness instead of the gospel of forgiveness and redemption from sin. Many preachers now preach a message of positive thinking instead of the blood-stained cross and the empty tomb. Many preachers now preach a message of social justice and political c h a r i s ma ma g. co m

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God’s nature—and the reality of our need to praise Him—never changes. God has not changed since time began. He’s the same yesterday, today and forever. He created us to know Him, to worship Him and to give Him praise. We were made to experience His majesty and to glorify Him. If King David were here today, he’d shout to us, “Clap your hands! Make a joyful noise with musical instruments! Shout praises to the Most High, the almighty God!” To Western minds, David’s exuberant praise seems over the top. We American Christians believe in worship, but let’s not get too emotional! I was born in Egypt, so I am (like David) a man of the Middle East. I understand his emotional makeup. In the Middle East, you don’t greet a friend with a casual hello. You greet him with excitement and an embrace! Why? Because your friend is important to you, and you want to express your feelings out loud. How much more, then, would a Middle Easterner like David want to express his emotions upon


propaganda instead of justification by grace through faith. But God calls His people to reaffirm the faith of the Bible. He calls us to stand firm and to never give up on His truth. That’s why the apostle Paul, near the end of his life, pleaded with Timothy, “What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us” (2 Tim. 1:13-14). Don’t ever grow weary of upholding God’s truth. Regardless of opposition, persecution, suffering or personal cost, guard the truth of the gospel. Never give up.

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“If you are a genuine follower of Christ, you can face the future without fear.” frighten you, but to embolden you with assurances from the Lord Himself. Jesus told us about certain events that would come upon the world before His return. If you are a genuine follower of Christ, you can face the future without fear. Why? Because God is in control of this world—and He is in control of your life. God’s timetable never moves forward or backward with changing events. His Word is a reliable and reassuring guide to the future. Jesus has told us what to expect in the days before His return, and He has told us not to be anxious or afraid. The world wonders if there is any hope for the future. But you and I know that our only hope is in the nail-scarred hands of Jesus. If your faith is firmly anchored in Him, neither war nor plague nor runaway inflation can shake your confidence. We know that the Lord Jesus will return to take us home to heaven.

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Because we love Him and trust in Him, we eagerly await His return. I have written these four books so that you can be ready to meet the Lord Jesus when He comes for us. He may return a thousand years from now— or before you finish reading this sentence. When He comes, make sure He finds you watching, waiting and working to expand His kingdom. DR. MICHAEL YOUSSEF was born in Egypt before coming to the United States and fulfilling a childhood dream of becoming an American citizen. He holds degrees from Moore College in Sydney and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and holds a doctorate in social anthropology from Emory University in Atlanta. Dr. Youssef has authored over 40 books, including Saving Christianity, When the Crosses Are Gone and his latest release, Is the End Near? He and his wife, Elizabeth, reside in Atlanta. c h a r i s ma ma g. co m

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I wrote Is the End Near?: What Jesus Told Us About the Last Days to answer your questions about the End Times by comparing the prophetic words of Jesus with current trends and events. My goal in this book is to encourage you as you look forward to the Lord’s return. On the heels of the global pandemic, we now see rising inflation, spiraling fuel prices, increasing scarcity and the growing specter of famine. We see Russia invading Ukraine and China threatening Taiwan—and both Russia and China figure prominently in Bible prophecy. Around the world, nations are spending billions to enlarge their nuclear arsenals. Fires, floods, plagues and other natural disasters are on the rise. Both inside and outside the church, people are wondering: Are we witnessing the end of the world? A recent edition of The Nation ominously declared, “The End of the World Is Closer Than It Seems.” And the campus newspaper of the University of Chicago recently published the headline, “Is This the End of the World?” The story reported on the university’s famed “Doomsday Clock” which illustrates the current scientific assessment of the extinction threat to the human race. The experts concluded that the threat to humanity has never been greater than right now. I didn’t write Is the End Near? to


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struggle to find their identity as children of God because of rejection, abandonment and lack of love. Regardless of your past, God does not want you to keep a distance from Him. He calls you close to His heart

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ince the fall of man, the orphan spirit has been at the root of much of the chaos, division and destruction in the church and the world. Many of humanity’s problems can be traced back to the orphan spirit. Cultural divides caused by a global pandemic, the charged political climate, wars, overthrown governments, human trafficking, divorce, fatherlessness and slavery are modern-day examples of the orphan spirit at work in our world. I am convinced that much of the church is living as orphans and doing ministry from that perspective—not motivated by love but by fear. They serve not because of their significance as sons and daughters in the kingdom but in order to become someone significant in the kingdom. They work for God, not from Him. Hundreds of thousands of churches are filled with people who know about the Father but haven’t found their identity in Him or made their home in His living room. These Christians join to function as spiritual orphanages. The orphan spirit is an inferior spirit that strives to convince you that fear, shame, guilt and rejection are great leaders you can trust. Its chief pursuit is to separate you from our heavenly Father and allow fear to make deep roots in your soul, replacing perfect love. A true orphan knows what it means to live life without the security, stability and warmth of a physical home. A spiritual orphan is no different. He is also well acquainted with the feelings of fear, rejection, anxiety and homelessness, even if he has a physical place to go home to at night. This is because the spiritual orphan has come face to face with the real meaning of homelessness—living life without a father. The inability to connect with a father can bring a son to a place of desolation. In the spiritual realm, he is like a wanderer in a barren region, unable to find peace, satisfaction and purpose in life. A spiritual orphan only thinks about one thing: self. Spiritual orphans compete with one another while sons and daughters complete one another. A spiritual orphan often asks, “Does anybody see me?” or “Does anybody care about me?” Have you ever had these thoughts? The spirit of sonship lives from God while an orphan lives for God. The two operating systems are radically different. A son or daughter of God follows this pattern: be, have, do. Their significance is found in the place of “being” with their Father God. From that resting place, sons and daughters fully live and thrive. They wake up knowing they received an A-plus

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on their report card before completing any assignments. In contrast, an orphan’s operating system starts with “doing” before “being.” An orphan’s value comes from a title, position, academics or accomplishments. When preaching or speaking at conferences, I like to say, “It is not what you do that makes you who you are. It is who you are that makes you do what you do.”

Aki’s Journey to Sonship

Several years ago, on a mission trip to Cuba, one of my church leaders, Aki, shared how she had a difficult situation in her community. Aki loved going to the salon and needed a haircut; however, the best hairdresser in Havana was a witch. She was worried about what her church members would think and if the witch would curse her. “Papa Leif, what should I do?” Aki asked. “I can support the Christian brothers and sisters here who share my same perspective, or I can go to the witch. But if I go to the witch, she might put a spell on me!” “Aki, is the light in you greater than the darkness in the hairdresser?” I responded. This is the difference between how an orphan thinks and how a spirit of sonship operates. What if you touch a leper? Would you become unclean? It depends. Are you an orphan, or do you have a spirit of sonship? Aki repented and


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It can only be fully understood through supernatural insight from the Holy Spirit that tells us the biggest root of our problems is the orphan spirit. The prodigal son’s journey in Luke 15:11-32 is a key example of the spiritual orphan’s journey. I can personally relate to the prodigal son and older brother.

My Baptism of Love

I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was 13 years old, but fear had already been at work in me. When I was 12 years old, an abuse took place in my life. I could not talk to anybody about it, so I hid and covered it up. This started my path to living the orphan lifestyle, doing things on my own and existing as if no one were there for me. The next five years of my life were spent in rebellion against my parents, the boarding school and other authority figures. I spent those years in the pigpen as I struggled to get free from addictions and other issues. My parents sent me to a boarding school in Gjovik, Norway, but before long, school officials kicked me out. During that time, my name was in two national newspapers, which explained that I had been forced to leave school because of drug abuse. I was desperate for attention and affirmation. Eventually, I ended up homeless, sleeping on a bench in a park in Oslo, Norway. I knew my family loved and accepted me, but I still lived as if I had no home. Like the prodigal son, I was headed toward the pigpen. After that, I decided to go home. When I walked into my parents’ house, I was surprised to find that my 15-year-old brother had prepared a big cake that said, “Welcome Home, Leif.” Not only did I come home to my family and my parents, but during this time, I also came home to Father God. No matter how far we may wander, God always welcomes His children home. The orphan heart cannot be cast out. It cannot be forced out of our systems. It can only be healed, and healing can only be found in our Father’s house. We need to learn to find our way home. Father God is waiting there

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for us. Let us come home to Him and experience His love. My journey to sonship was only beginning. Soon after my homecoming experience, I went from being a rebellious spiritual orphan to a religious son. I worked hard for God. I wanted to show Him I was a good son that He could be proud of. The root of religion is the same as rebellion—fear—and the fruit is a lifetime of striving. Fear was embedded deep within my soul,

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and only God could heal me. In my 20s and 30s, I continued to work for God’s love and experienced several traumatic events that encouraged my orphan lifestyle. During this time, a close friend invited me to a meeting in Melbourne, Florida. Even though I felt broken and lost, I decided to attend the event. I had no idea how I would recover from a spiritual breakdown after being kicked out of church and if I would ever be entrusted to minister again. A man named Dennis Jernigan led worship onstage during the event. He called out my name in the middle of service and said, “Leif, I have a song for you. It’s called ‘Daddy’s Song.’” As he played the song, I felt c h a r i s ma ma g. co m

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visited the hairdresser. She had the grace to walk into that environment, and she was able to represent a God who looked like Jesus, full of love and compassion. After a year of building a relationship, Aki invited the witch hairdresser to attend a Christian conference where I was preaching. The hairdresser agreed to attend the meeting and was gloriously saved, healed and delivered. She is now the lead evangelist and worship pastor and continues her passionate pursuit of Jesus. When your identity in Christ is firmly established, the orphan world no longer affects you or determines your value. The apostle Paul explains it well in Ephesians 1:4b-8: “In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight.” From the beginning of time and throughout Scripture, we see the journey from rebellion to the spirit of sonship. It was through the hands of a loving Father that the first man and woman came forth. This is a tremendous revelation! Yet, regrettably, when we look around the world today, it is hard to believe the original spirit God gave to His children was a spirit of sonship and not the spirit of an orphan. Just watch the news. Every day it brings us another reality, showing man’s appetite for violence, greed and corruption. We look like a world of orphans, a planet full of children without fathers—abandoned, abused, maltreated and forgotten. On top of that, many children are being trained by man-made religions, which are fatherless at the core. Orphan thinking is one of the reasons there is a high crime rate and a psychosis that drives terrorists to blow up buildings and crash airplanes. It cannot be simply explained through the lack of parenting skills or the absence of biological fathers.


waves of liquid love flow over me that continued for two hours. In the encounter, God took me back to when I experienced trauma in my mother’s womb and the abuse I experienced as a 12-year-old boy. I was lying on the floor, and these images from my life flashed in my mind like a movie. Suddenly, a voice said, “Leif, you are Mine, and you are My beloved. You are My beloved son. I love you. I like you, and I am well pleased with you.”

as I encountered a difficult situation and experienced disappointments. A failed friendship caused immense pain and stress to my church and family. I had already been taking painkillers but started abusing the opioids due to the stress of coping with my internal and external pain. In 2005, I could no longer feel God’s presence for the first time since my baptism of love. After returning from a mission trip to Tanzania, my wife and my spiritual

When I heard “I am well pleased with you,” it was as if a sword went in and cut a root at its deepest level. All the issues in my life flowed from my father deficiencies. My entire theology, ecclesiology, pneumatology and eschatology shifted. I read the Bible through a new lens. I was no longer the prodigal son or brother. I was a beloved son. I call this my baptism of love experience. In the early 2000s, I had a lot of favor from God, and ministry opportunities began opening in new places. It seemed as if every church I visited and every nation I traveled to was experiencing an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. And then it happened. I came to a crossroads in my faith

father, Jack Taylor, held an intervention on my behalf and checked me into a treatment center in California. I was devastated and hopeless. It was a five-month season where every day was a struggle to survive. Jesus became my closest friend and champion as I faced root fears and overcame opioid addiction. My apostleship and leadership used to lead my sonship. After checking into the treatment center, all my “ships” became shipwrecked, and the only one remaining was “sonship.” After five months, I started traveling again, but ministry would look different from this point forward. I only did what I saw my Father in heaven doing. I walked out of that season with a spiritual and physical

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God’s Restoration Back to Family

Over the last 20 years, God has increasingly entrusted me with His kingdom. I have learned to love by facing heartache, sacrifice and pain. I have the amazing privilege of being known as the Ambassador of Love to the Muslim world. On a trip to Pakistan in 2021, I was given the International Peace Award from President Arif Alvi. Getting to where I am today was a challenging journey. And I have had to face a lot of pain to be able to stand in front of the Muslim world with clean hands and a pure heart. My current title of “Ambassador of Love” is directly connected to the baptism of love I experienced in my early 30s. It is a constant reminder that Father God is already pleased with me and that my value does not stem from what I do but is defined by who I am. I meet regularly with the top Muslim leaders in Pakistan and other nations, sharing in life and giving strategies for building bridges of love with other religions. Many have prophesied the coming of a billion-soul harvest. In 1975, Bob Jones had an experience of dying and seeing heaven. He heard the Lord tell him about this wave of a billion souls coming into the kingdom family. Though many people have come to the Lord since then, we haven’t yet seen a distinct move in which a billion souls have said yes to Jesus. Why not? He is preparing the environment of His kingdom on earth not just to receive souls, but to welcome sons and daughters who fit into a family, and can understand what it means to be family members. I believe God is saying, “I don’t want a billion orphans. I want a billion sons and daughters. I want a family.” Many in the church have been busy looking for the fire, but God is looking for fireplaces. If we build the fireplaces, He will provide the fire. I have the distinct honor of discipling leaders in 22 nations. See HETLAND on p.88

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| SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP

The Prodigal Son Turned Preacher At the Dream Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, director Richie Lewis is witnessing an outpouring of supernatural healings

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Without a pulpit, sound system or large tent, hundreds of inner-city people have experienced miraculous healings. Cancers leave, tumors disappear and crippled limbs straighten. For example, one Saturday, they met a man named Jeff who was scheduled to have surgery a few weeks later to remove a baseball sized lump under his jaw. As the team prayed for him, they didn’t see anything happen immediately. When they saw Jeff a few days later, he reported that the lump started shrinking the day after they prayed and

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DREAM CENTER— RICHIE LEWIS

BY C. HOPE FLINCHBAUGH


From Drifting to Godgiven Direction

At the helm of the CADC ministry is a one-time prodigal named Richie Lewis, who was born again near the age of 22 after 10 years of running away from God, his parents and his church. Born in the capital region of Montpelier, Vermont, Lewis was raised by Christian parents who loved him and took him to church every week. Although his grandfather and uncle were both preachers, he decided church was boring. “I went through a rebellious stage from 12 to 22 years of age,” Lewis says. “I drank, smoked pot, got in fights and was full of hate and anger.” Lewis dropped out of high school, fell into drugs and alcohol and eventually left home. His parents always told him they were praying for him, but at the time he didn’t think their prayers would make a difference. When he was 21, his dad (Richard, senior) invited him to a men’s prayer breakfast. Richie went with his dad, wondering if these Christians who knew him as a child would judge him or condemn him. “They knew my life,” Lewis says. “I went not knowing what to expect, but I felt loved and accepted. I didn’t get saved, but their acceptance planted a huge seed in my life.” He accepted Christ only months after the prayer breakfast. He found his old Bible that his parents gave him as a child. Richie says, “I read the whole book of Matthew. It became real to me. I thought wow, what I was taught about Jesus in Sunday School is true! He did come to earth, He died for my sins and arose from the dead. I gave my life to the Lord after reading the book of Matthew.” He called his parents that night and asked, “Can I go to church with you tomorrow?” Richard and Valerie Lewis had been praying for their son to come to Christ for a decade, and they were ecstatic. From that day on, Richie didn’t want to put the Bible down when he read it. He stopped drinking and smoking and he couldn’t help telling his unsaved friends what Jesus had done for him. One day while experiencing a ch ar is ma ma g.com

frustrating day working in a local bakery, he went outside on his break and cried out to God, “Lord, I don’t want to do this the rest of my life. What do You want me to do?” For the first (and last) time in his life, Lewis heard the audible voice of God. “I want you to be a preacher.” Elders at his uncle’s church prayed over him and suggested that he go to Bible college. Richie’s grandparents had gone to Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and his parents met at Wheaton College, also in Illinois. Someone in his church suggested a smaller Bible school that was closer to home—Elim Bible Institute in Lima, New York, about 30 miles south of Rochester. Lewis says, “I put all three (Bible school) applications on my dresser one night. The next morning, the only application on the dresser was Elim. I took that as a sign from the Lord— that’s where I was to go.”

Persecuted for the Gospel

Richie started at Elim in September 2001 with a major in Bible and a minor in pastoral ministry. He loved Elim, but it was hard to be inside what he calls “a Christian bubble” and secluded from the unsaved world. One day he met another student, Randall Williams, who invited him to share the gospel on the streets of Rochester, New York, the next weekend. What started that weekend with four Elim students on East Avenue in Rochester, extended into an evangelistic inner-city ministry that lasted for the next five years. After an internship at New York School of Urban Ministry, the Lord sent Lewis to Monroe Avenue in Rochester, an area he had evangelized before—unsuccessfully. For the first six months they didn’t see one person saved on Monroe Avenue. “People yelled, swore, spit on us, the whole nine yards,” Lewis says. “Sometimes I felt like giving up, but I hung on to Isaiah 40:3-5.” The harassment from nonbelievers continued, but six months after they started the floodgates opened. People began coming to Christ on a weekly basis and in the next two years, the team counted over 300

people that gave their lives to Christ in the Monroe Street area. Bars and nightclubs shut down and churches opened up. The people from the neighborhood who previously yelled and spit on Richie and his friends now approached them in awe. They admitted that they felt the atmosphere change in their city. Lewis graduated from Elim in 2004 and in April, 2006, married Bethany Hess, also an Elim student originally from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The couple decided to settle in Harrisburg, which is close to Bethany’s family and Christ Community Church, where she has served as the children’s pastor since 2005.

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In Harrisburg, Richie worked several day jobs, but his focus was on his inner-city outreach at Center for Champions, a Christian after school program. “I always had a desire since Elim to start something of my own and do something evangelistic in the innercity,” Richie says. “I didn’t have any details or in-depth idea of what that would look like. In December 2008, my wife Bethany woke up and said she had a dream that we were to start a dream center in Harrisburg. I said, ‘What’s a dream center?’”

Launching a Dream Center

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team, Tommy and Matthew Barnett. “I had no clue how to start something like this,” Lewis says. “They have a 15-story hospital they renovated. I naively thought you needed millions of dollars and a huge building.” Richie and Bethany were blessed with a son, Micah, in 2009. As they raised their son, Richie continued evangelistic outreaches at the Center for Champions and his own street ministry for the next few years. Then one day at his church bookstore, he picked up a book titled, The Church that Never Sleeps, by Matthew Barnett. “I bought it and cried the entire time reading it,” he says. “I realized that Matthew had the same heart that I do for the inner-city.” In December 2016, a woman from Nevada came to one of Lewis’ weekend outreaches in the inner-city of Harrisburg. She helped a friend of hers start the Northern Nevada Dream Center and gave Richie three tips that pointed him in the right direction: 1) Forget about the million-dollar building, Nevada’s dream center started with a minivan packed with sandwiches. They went to the streets, gave away lunches and prayed with people. 2) Keep doing what you’re doing, but start sharing the vision with people. 3) The LA Dream Center has a network. If you apply to be part of it, they will give you wisdom on how to start something like this. Lewis sent an email to LADC and the head of the national network loved his vision for the Capital Area Dream Center in Harrisburg. Upon request, Richie sent LADC a five-year business plan and pastoral references, and then he and Bethany visited LADC. While in Los Angeles, the couple went on outreaches and walked through their buildings. By June 1, 2017, the Capital Area Dream Center was accepted to be part of the LADC network, founded by Tommy and Matthew Barnett.

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you find 80 unpaid staff members?” “We have retired people who want to donate time,” they answered. Until 2017, Richie worked other full-time jobs and did his Harrisburg outreaches on weekends or after work. In order to lead the Capital Area Dream Center, he knew that he would eventually need to take the leap of faith and raise enough funds to pay himself, the cost of the ministry outreaches and his future staff. For the next year and a half, Richie met with friends and relatives over a cup of coffee. He shared his vision for the Capital Area Dream Center and asked them if they could contribute $50 a month. He raised enough funding to go part-time at first, then full-time and eventually stepped out in faith and bought a building. “It was the same exact scenario each time,” says Richie. “In the natural, you think you have to have funds before you buy a building. In my experience, you step out and buy the building and then the funds come.”

Living the Dream

The new building is three floors, with the second and third floor stocked with clothing and hygiene supplies such as deodorant, shampoo and soap for the community. Two ladies put in 20-plus volunteer hours a week to sort out the donations—all in good condition. Every Saturday the doors open to the community, and it’s crowded with people in need. The items are free, but each person is limited to four articles of clothing and

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four hygiene items. CADC hosts a café every Saturday, with free coffee, pastries and sandwiches. The building is packed and some people volunteer to serve food while others volunteer to talk to people, pray with them, and lead them to Christ. Every Saturday Richie sends teams out onto the street to pray for people. Lewis is an evangelist at heart and does not feel called to pastor, but he often speaks at other churches, usually invited to share on the topic of healing. Although they did not start a church in Harrisburg, many of the locals consider CADC their church and attend Tuesday and Thursday Bible studies and luncheons. Thursday evenings are dedicated to prayer—a night he considers the backbone of their ministry.

Meeting the Needs

Harrisburg’s inner-city families are, for the most part, fatherless. Addictions, mental illness, poverty and homelessness plague the area. Twice a year CADC shares the gospel during large block parties and every December the center hosts a Christmas toy giveaway to about 400 neighborhood children. Every August the center gives away hundreds of backpacks as local news stations cover the CADC events. One 13-year-old girl came to Christ about a week before the toy giveaway. When she was gifted a bike, she burst into tears. She said, “I was praying all week. The only thing I wanted was a bicycle and now I’ve got one.” One day Lewis was outside at a nearby bus stop when a man got off the bus, looked at their CADC sign and said, “What is this place?” His eyes lit up when Lewis told him what they did. The man said, “I just got released from prison three days ago. I got a job, but I need size 12 steel-toed boots. Do you have those?” Lewis replied, “We aren’t a department store, and that’s a specific request. Let’s go see what we have.” See FLINCHBAUGH on p.76 c h a r i s ma ma g. co m


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you to pray for them.” This caught me off-guard. “How will they get healed if I don’t pray for them?” I asked Him. “When people ask you to pray for some kind of illness or injury, instead of praying over them, I want you to declare healing over them,” the Lord responded. He then spoke a Scripture to me: “By My stripes they are healed” (see Isa. 53:5c). “Two thousand years ago when I went to the cross, I paid the price for your sin,” my Savior continued. “But before I went to the cross, I was whipped and beaten; I paid the

Richie Lewis price for your physical healing. I’ve already done My part; it is finished. So don’t pray and ask Me to do something I have already done. Instead, declare what I have already done over those who request prayer, and they will be healed.” This simple shift changed the way I ministered healing, and it has made all the difference. Before this encounter, if I prayed for a person with a broken arm, I would say something like “Lord Jesus, would You please heal this person’s arm?” Now, instead of praying and asking for healing, He wanted me to declare healing over people. Since my encounter with Him, I now say something like this: “By His stripes, arm, be healed!” The same day the Lord spoke to me, I saw my first person healed. Since that day, I’ve witnessed countless healings. We must realize that God has already given us the ability to heal, and we must command and declare healing rather than praying and asking for what He has already given. Faith is required for healing, but faith is not nearly as complex as most Christians make it out to be. Faith is not a feeling. Faith is not an emotion. Faith is simply a decision we make to believe the Word of God. Make a decision today to believe God’s Word, which tells us, “By His stripes we are healed.” Check out Lewis’ new book, Moving Mountains available on amazon.com. c h a r i s ma ma g. co m

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I was born again in August 1999. From day one I had a passion to share the gospel with friends, family members, co-workers and even random people on the street. At the time, I didn’t even know what evangelism was. All I knew was that Jesus had changed my life so dramatically (setting me free from drug and alcohol addiction) that I wanted everyone to experience Him as I had. I was compelled to share the gospel, and nothing could stop me. Between 1999 and 2010 I shared the Good News with thousands of people, many of whom gave their lives to the Lord. This was a very exciting time—but also a time of great frustration. During those 11 years, I prayed with hundreds of people for healing, and not one of them was healed. I believed God could heal the sick. I even believed God wanted to use me to heal the sick. Still, no matter how hard I prayed, I didn’t see healing. During the late summer and early fall of 2010, I had a revelation, followed by a powerful encounter with the Lord in which I discovered two keys to healing the sick. Key No. 1: Up until 2010, I thought the gift of healing was something I had to obtain. I thought I had to fast enough, pray enough and be holy enough obtain it. I thought I had to earn the ability to lay hands on the sick and see them healed. I didn’t start seeing people healed until I received the revelation that it’s not about obtaining this ability, but knowing that everything I need is already within me. In other words, I already had the ability to heal the sick; I just never knew it. All the gifts of the Spirit are freely given. They can’t be earned any more than salvation can (Eph. 2:8-9). Otherwise, we would be able to brag every time someone was healed or operated in any of the gifts. We could say that we earned the ability to heal by fasting enough, praying enough or being holy enough. But healing the sick is actually something every believer can do (see Mark 16:15-18), so none of us can brag about it. Key No. 2: Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, is a day I will never forget. I woke up that morning, put on some worship music and started preparing for an outreach I was leading that day in the city. As I worshipped, I could feel the presence of God—a warm, peaceful presence such as you often feel at church when you enter true worship. But I soon realized something was different. The presence of God grew stronger and stronger until it felt as though I carried a thousand pounds on my back. God’s presence was so strong I could no longer stand up. At first, I went to my knees, and eventually I ended up flat on my face. My body felt as though it were being crushed into the hardwood floor of my dining room. I then began to shake and sob uncontrollably, waves of heat radiating up and down my body. Suddenly the Lord spoke to me, saying, “When you minister healing to people today, I don’t want


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| ETERNITY

Abandoned to the Joy of Complete Surrender My recent brush with death was unexpected, but it helped me prepare myself for the inevitable. Here is how every Christian should prepare for the end

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ave you ever considered what will happen the moment you die? Are you ready for it? Do you know what “being ready” entails? Believer or not, when it happens—and it will—you may be in for a major surprise. In 2 Timothy 4:6-7 (ESV), the apostle Paul writes, “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.” Can each of us honestly say the same? Have we fought the good fight? Have we finished the course? Did we even start the course or did we treat it as unimportant? Have we kept the faith, or was our faith a mere sentiment? “In the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Tim. 4:7-8, NASB 1995, emphasis added). Will we love His appearing? Do we look forward to being with Him forever? Do we love Him as He described love (John 14:15, 21, 23-24)? Do we genuinely want to be like Him—to live as He lived in the beauty of holiness (1 Chron. 16:29; Ps. 96:9)? Author Lee Strobel has noted: “There’s a difference between wanting to avoid hell and genuinely wanting to spend eternity with God in heaven.” English evangelist David Watson was faced with the same question as he prepared to die from inoperable cancer: “If heaven is really going to be heaven, then why was I threatened by death? I had to get from being theoretically willing to be in heaven, but really wanting to be on earth, to actually wanting to be in heaven. I had to check up on: How far did I know God’s love; How far did I really love God? How far was I absolutely sure about a future life after death?” co nti n u e d »

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Recently I found myself as close to death as one can possibly come without actually dying. I’d had a few brushes with death before, but this time it was different. This time, questions raised by Paul’s teaching in 2 Timothy 4 took on a sense of finality. As I was being rushed into a sextuple bypass operation, everything changed. In the twinkling of an eye and as far as I knew, my chance to do God’s will on earth was over. The verdict in the case of “David versus God” was about to be handed down by the most supreme of Supreme Courts. Though I knew I would go to heaven because of my faith in Jesus Christ, I also knew that the post-salvation assessment of my life would not be what I’d imagined. In that moment of reckoning, God made it clear that if I died at that hour, most of the rewards that had been planned for me would be lost (1 Cor. 3:15; Eph. 2: 8-10). » I had neglected the most important things—primarily a serious pursuit of an intimate relationship with God Himself. » The motive for most of the good things I had done had been my own glory. » To a large extent, I hadn’t done right things out of love for God but for love of my own reputation and legacy. » I hadn’t truly forsaken the world or my attachment to the things in it (1 John 2:15). Jesus said, “What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? (Matt. 16:26a). Some try to leave their mark on the world rather than in heaven and lose their soul in the process. Others lose their intended rewards, which are eternal. They are saved, but as through fire (1 Cor. 3:15). There in the hospital, the deepest recesses of my heart were being laid bare, and my chance to improve them had come to a swift and irreversible end. This shocking moment took me completely by surprise. 50

Had I truly believed the things I’d so proudly proclaimed? It was clear to me that the veracity of faith assertions lies not in their proclamation but in the fruit born from them (Matt. 7:17). It was not going to be as easy to “go gentle into that good night” as I had imagined. The tears that God wipes from our eyes in heaven will

For unbelievers, the shock and awe that will come at death are infinitely worse. At her death, Queen Elizabeth I, then the most powerful woman in the world, cried out: “All my possessions for a moment of time!” As he lay dying, writer Thomas Payne sobbed, “I am on the edge of hell here alone!” while Chancellor of England Sir

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last chance to get it right and to share this life-shattering reality with everyone.” in part be tears of regret for not having loved and served our Savior in a manner commensurate with His having suffered so horribly to save us from an eternity in hell (John 15:13; Rev. 7:17). Mercifully, God decided to give me one last chance to get it right and to share this life-shattering reality with everyone. Though His assessment of my life had shaken me, it had also sobered and strengthened me. It had been a severe test, but a severe mercy as well.

When the Fat Lady Sings

We were never meant to die. That’s why death is so hard for us. Death is Satan’s domain, and he is totally in character when he approaches us at that moment to jeer, lie, terrify and tear away all faith, hope and sense of being loved by God. But C.S. Lewis once observed. “God loves us not because we are lovable but because He is love!”

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Thomas Scott lamented, “Until this moment I thought there was neither a God nor a hell. Now I know that there are both, and I am doomed to perdition by the just judgment of the Almighty!” The final curtain for believers can be quite different, however. At the moment of his death, evangelist Dwight L. Moody exclaimed, “Is this dying? Why this is bliss! Earth is receding; heaven is opening; God is calling. I must go!” Moody was ready to meet his maker. He was prepared. Not only had he given his life in devotion to Jesus Christ, but he had also taken advantage of earthly opportunities to live for the glory of the one who died to pay the penalty for his sins. But are we ready? Though they usually deny it, most people are secretly afraid of death, especially when they are diagnosed with terminal cancer or start having chest pains. Until then, they generally avoid thinking about c h a r i s ma ma g. co m


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it, as if their turned faces will make it go away. Except for those who are alive at the return of Jesus Christ, we will all die, and the glory from men that we strived for will crumble instantly into dust. Only what was done for Christ will last (Rom. 14:10-12; 1 Cor. 3:11-15).

As I Lay Dying

During my brush with death, I experienced complete surrender to God’s will for the first time. I had no choice. Alone in my hospital bed, I was forced to abandon myself in absolute surrender to His mercy. I had never been dependent on Him like that before. It was a brave new world. God showed me that anything I had ever done for Him had been a gift of grace. He never needed me to serve Him. He had privileged me with the opportunity to do so as well as to be rewarded for it. All along, it had been Him working in me to bring fruit from my efforts (Phil. 2:13). When we see Him in heaven, the Bible says we will know that all our good works were inspired and empowered by Him. We will rightly cast our crowns at His feet, understanding for perhaps the first time that our crowns are really His crowns (Rev. 4:10-11). As I lay dying in the operating room, I was catapulted into another dimension of perception and realized that most things I’d considered of great consequence weren’t. Indeed, in light of what God considers important, they were straw. Near the end of his life, Thomas Aquinas, one of the greatest and most prolific theologians of all time, received a revelation from God that caused him to stop writing altogether. He confessed, “The end of my labors has come. All that I have written appears to be as so much straw after the things that have been revealed to me.” He experienced a major paradigm shift and merciful course correction that I too experienced. Out of the 52

blue, life became consumed by a singular desire to know and love Jesus in truth and to love others as myself (Matt. 22:36-40). This is the deep cry of every heart, whether we know it or not. During my experience of near death, it was as if God saved me from experiencing physical death so that I might learn to die to myself. After the operation and for weeks beyond, I cried when thinking or talking about my brush with death. Life as I had known it became as nothing. The things of the world no longer interested me as I was forged

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God saved me from experiencing physical death that I might learn to die to myself.” even more purely into a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). Intellectually, I had known that Jesus was everything I had ever wanted: love personified. But now, the utter realness of that truth came rushing into my soul. Life had finally begun! Now I was living in the real world.

Our Destiny in Heaven

J.I. Packer made this astute observation in his book Knowing God: “When people come to know God, losses and crosses cease to matter to them; what they have gained

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simply banishes these things from their minds.” In heaven, life is transformed into an eternal, intimate marriage with God Himself. He transforms time into eternity and changes everything that can be changed (John 17:3). When we ignore God during times of trial and tragedy, a veil blinds us to His beauty, nobility, tenderness and power. It also blinds us to the true cause of suffering and evil: Satan Himself and the deceitfulness of our own hearts. But when we read and believe God’s Word, the blindness is taken away (2 Cor. 3:16). The apostle John tells us in Revelation 21:3-4 (BSB), “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. ... they will be His people. ‘He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no death or mourning or crying or pain, for the former things have passed away.” When we have received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, true life has only just begun. In John 17 (NIV), Jesus tells us, “Now this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.” Charles Wesley’s wonderful hymn, “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” further reveals the truth about our divine destiny: “Finish, then, Thy new creation/ Pure and spotless let us be/ Let us see Thy great salvation/ Perfectly restored in Thee/ Changed from glory into glory/ Till in heav’n we take our place/ Till we cast our crowns before Thee/ Lost in wonder, love and praise.” Be encouraged by this promise: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Cor. 4:16-18, NIV). Is loving and serving the Lord our c h a r i s ma ma g. co m


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In the book of Joshua, we are captivated by the heroic stories of those who walked in courage, strength, and faith. We are also keenly aware of those were without faith, who walked in fear and discouragement, ultimately dying, and never seeing the fulfillment of the promise in their life. But there is a secret weapon that takes us from the fearful to the fearless. It is the weapon of the testimony. The testimony arouses the discouraged heart, strengthens the weak and the feeble, and feeds the hunger for the miraculous. In short, it builds our faith! Romans 10:17 tells us “So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” We hear of the goodness of the Lord, and it fills our spirits afresh. Then Revelation 12:11 declares, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…” The testimony is so important that when it was time for Joshua and the children of Israel to take possession of the promise land, God gave a very specific and strategic instruction. We read in Joshua 4:1-7 4 When all the people had crossed the Jordan,

the Lord said to Joshua, 2 “Now choose twelve men, one from each tribe. 3 Tell them, ‘Take twelve stones from the very place where the priests are standing in the middle of the Jordan. Carry them out and pile them up at the place where you will camp tonight.’” 4 So Joshua called together the twelve men he had chosen—one from each of the tribes of Israel. 5 He told them, “Go into the middle of the Jordan, in front of the Ark of the Lord your God. Each of you must pick up one stone and carry it out on your shoulder—twelve stones in all, one


for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. 6 We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 7 Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant went across.’ These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever.” The word testimony in Hebrew is OOD. It means repeat, duplicate, and do again. We tell our testimonies because the hearer understands that God wants to then repeat it, duplicate it, and do it again for them. It’s that powerful! God is in the business of doing for you what He’s done for others. He is no respecter of persons. What was available then is still available now. This is the method God chooses to spark tenacious faith in us. Just as He told Joshua to build a memorial as a testimony for generations to come, so aught we to do. In You Don’t Need Money. You Just Need God., you will

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BY JOHN ECKHARDT esus told His disciples that when He returned to the Father, they would experience persecution, betrayals, imprisonment and even death because of their faith in Him. But He assured them they had nothing to fear from the world because He had overcome it. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, KJV). Despite threats and persecution, the apostles boldly preached the good news of the gospel, and miracles, signs and wonders confirmed their message. Consider an account in Acts 3 and 4. After the lame man was healed at the gate called Beautiful, the priests, temple leader and Sadducees took Peter and John into custody and interrogated them because they healed on the Sabbath and preached that Christ had been raised from the dead. When the religious leaders asked Peter and John by what power they healed the lame man, Peter, full of the Holy Ghost, boldly said: “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: If we today are being examined concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, how this man has been healed, be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands before you whole” (Acts 4:8b-10, MEV). Acts 4 goes on to say that “when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it” (vv. 13-14, KJV). Realizing they couldn’t deny that a miracle had taken place since the healed man was standing before them and all the people knew what happened to him, the religious leaders threatened Peter and John, commanding them not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus. “But Peter and John answered them, ‘Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you ch ar is ma ma g.com

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Notice that when Peter and John returned to their company, they prayed fervently. Prayer was the key to their power and their boldness. “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all 60

filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31, KJV). They prayed and exalted the Lord until the place was shaken by the power of the Holy Ghost as He filled them again with His power and boldness. Prayer always precedes the power. Prayer and the infilling of the Spirit are the keys to boldness. That company of believers prayed until the power of the Holy Ghost fell and filled them again. And with the infilling of the Holy Spirit came the anointing and boldness to keep spreading the good news of the kingdom of God and not shrink back. After the stoning of Stephen, a great persecution arose in Jerusalem against the church (Acts 8). King Herod even stretched his hand against the believers, killing James the brother of John with the sword. When he realized James’ death pleased the religious community, Herod imprisoned Peter with the intent to do the same to him. But the saints prayed.

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“Peter was kept in prison, but fervent prayer for him was persistently made to God by the church (assembly)” (Acts 12:5, AMPC). The believers prayed fervently until the unseen became seen and the impossible was accomplished. An angel awakened Peter, removed his chains, unlocked locked doors and escorted him safely out of the prison. Peter went to his praying company—and they were still praying when he arrived! Prophets and intercessors, be faithful and persistent in prayer. That is how you will remain sensitive to the Spirit of God and receive the boldness to speak and pray with the kind of power that removes burdens, destroys yokes and sets captives free!

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more than to God, you judge. For we cannot help but declare what we have seen and heard’” (Acts 4:19-20, MEV). Peter and John were released, and when they returned to the company of believers, they shared everything that happened. “When they heard this, they lifted their voices in unity to God and prayed, “Lord, You are God, who has made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them. ... Now, Lord, look on their threats and grant that Your servants may speak Your word with great boldness, by stretching out Your hand to heal and that signs and wonders may be performed in the name of Your holy Son Jesus” (Acts 4:24, 29-30).

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Awaken Your Call Not all intercessors are prophets— but prophets are called to intercede. The 30 daily readings in Awaken Your Call provide encouragement to move forward boldly in your prophetic gift. Use your gift today, hear God’s voice and deliver His message.

The treatment of prophets is a sign of a person’s heart toward God. Favor, blessing, promotion and financial breakthrough are some of the blessings that come into your life when you receive a prophet of God. Even if you are called to prophetic ministry, honoring God’s prophets brings rewards. The widow of Zarephath received Elijah as a prophet because he was a prophet. She extended to him the hospitality he requested of her (1 Kings 17:9-16). She acted on his words in faith, giving her all to God by making his servant a meal with her only food. Then, in obedience to Elijah’s instructions, she used her flour and oil to make the prophet food, with the expectation that God would keep them filled so she could provide for herself, her son, and Elijah. As a result, God rewarded her faith. “The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah” (1 Kings 17:16, NKJV). Later on, after what seemed to be a fatal tragedy—her son’s sudden death— she was rewarded for her faithfulness to Elijah when her son was restored to life (1 Kings 17:17-24). Something similar happened to the Shunammite woman who received Elijah’s successor, Elisha, into her home. The woman said to her husband, “Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly. Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a 62

chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there” (2 Kings 4:8-10). She not only acknowledged Elisha’s call and the anointing; she also exercised her faith to make provision for that call and anointing to operate in her life. God rewarded her faith by fulfilling the word given to her through the prophet that her barrenness would be removed and she would have a son. And when that son got sick and died, God used the prophet Elisha to raise him back to life (2 Kings 4:16-17, 34-37). The prophet’s reward is the fulfillment of the prophet’s word. It is received by giving honor to the prophet and taking action in faith that shows you believe the prophetic word will surely come to pass. It is also received by faith in the prophet’s blessing or decree. “For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward” (Mark 9:41, KJV).

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have forgotten. If you need encouragement, get around prophets. In Acts 4:36, Barnabas is called the “son of prophecy” or the “son of encouragement.” “Judas and Silas, being prophets themselves, exhorted the brothers with many words and strengthened them” (Acts 15:32, MEV). “The Lord God has given me the tongue of the learned, that I may know how to sustain him who is weary with a word; He awakens me morning by morning; He awakens my ear to listen as the learned” (Isa. 50:4). » Conviction. Without conviction, there is no change. Conviction is the grace of the prophet. Their words pierce the heart to bring understanding, insight and the fear of the Lord to produce lasting change. “When they heard this, they were stung in the heart and said to Peter and to the rest of the apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’” (Acts 2:37). » Hope. Prophets can step into hopeless situations and prophesy a miraculous turnaround. Prophets can see beyond discouragement and despair. They can see restoration, change and hope (Ezek. 37:11-12). » Miracles. If you want to see miracles, step out in faith on the words of a prophet. Peter obeyed the word of the Lord and caught a great number of fish (Luke 5:5-6). » Warning of and exposing the enemy’s plans. Elisha warned the king of Israel concerning the plans of the enemy because the Lord opened his ears to hear the plotting of the enemy (2 Kings 6:10-12). » Revealing root issues. It is a true blessing when a prophet gets to the root of a problem to address what is hidden beneath the surface. Roots are the source of what is growing. Is the root rebellion, pride, rejection, bitterness or unforgiveness? Prophets will reveal and deal with the root issue so you can reap the reward of freedom. “Even now the axe is put to the tree roots. Therefore, every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire” (Matt. 3:10). » Sensitivity to the Spirit of c h a r i s ma ma g. co m



God. Prophets know and can bring correction when the Holy Spirit is grieved or vexed, and also when the glory has departed (Ichabod). It is amazing that some people can carry on when God’s glory leaves, but the prophet cannot act as if the glory is still there when it has lifted. Prophets are grieved when the Holy Spirit is grieved or vexed. “Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted” (Eph. 4:30, MSG). » Prosperity. Prophets hurt when they see the people of God struggle because of disobedience. (Consider, for instance, the Lamentations of Jeremiah.) Listening to God’s voice and responding with obedience is a key to prosperity. “I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to

bring the future you hope for” (Jer. 29:11, GNT). » Times of refreshing. Churches and believers need seasons of refreshing. A prophetic atmosphere refreshes and provides rest and water in the dry places. Refresh means “to revive or reinvigorate, as with rest, food, or drink; to renew by stimulation.” We are refreshed in the presence of the Lord. “So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God] that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19, AMPC). » Other rewards. Prophets also help us go through God’s chastening and correction the right way (Heb. 12:11-13; Rev. 3:19). They challenge our comfort zones (Amos 6:1, 4) and call us to rise out

of sin and rebellion. Their foresight as well as their discernment of the times and seasons help us to stay poised, purified and prepared for the future. “We are intimately linked in this harvest work. Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me. Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God’s messenger” (Matt. 10:41, MSG). APOSTLE JOHN ECKHARDT is overseer of Crusaders Ministries, located in Chicago. Gifted with a strong apostolic anointing, he has ministered throughout the United States and overseas in over 80 nations. He is a sought‐ after international conference speaker and has authored over 40 books, including Prayers That Rout Demons and Deliverance and Spiritual Warfare Manual. Eckhardt resides in the Chicago area with his wife, Wanda.

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other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.” Deuteronomy 18:20-22 Do signs or wonders prove that someone is a prophet of God? “If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 13:1-5

What are the signs of a presumptuous prophet? “Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD. They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his Sharing the simplicity own heart, No evil shall come upon you.” Jeremiah 23:16-17 that is in Christ “They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD saith: and the LORD hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word. Have ye not seen a vain vision, and WHAT DOES GOD SAY ABOUT PROPHETS? have ye not spoken a lying divination whereas ye say, The LORD saith it; albeit I have not spoken? Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, How does God call a prophet? saith the Lord GOD…” Ezekiel 13:6-8 “And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Where does a presumptuous prophet get their prophecy? LORD will make myself known unto him “And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy in a vision, and will speak unto him against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus who is faithful in all mine house. With saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own him will I speak mouth to mouth, even spirit, and have seen nothing!” Ezekiel 13:1-12 apparently, and not in dark speeches…” “Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that Numbers 12:6-8 steal my words every one from his neighbour. Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith. How do we know if a prophet is of God or Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, merely a presumptuous prophet? and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their “But the prophet, which shall lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall presume to speak a word in my name, not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.” Jeremiah 23:30-32 which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of What judgment awaits a presumptuous prophet? “…I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel. And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him;” Ezekiel 14:9-10

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Every time Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson speaks, his political enemies have a fit. But he refuses to stop sharing his Christian values BY KEN WALKER

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s the first African American ever to be elected North Carolina’s lieutenant governor, if Mark Robinson’s meteoric rise to power continues, he could also wind up as the state’s first Black governor come 2025. Among his legion of admirers is Chad Harvey, teaching pastor at the 3,000-member Cross Assembly of God in Raleigh, where Robinson shared his testimony last October. “I think he’s doing an incredible job,” says Harvey of the leader’s 20 months in office. “It’s an interesting phenomenon: what I’m seeing is confidence breeds confidence. That breeds confidence in a lot of people, especially in the body of Christ. “I respect his guts and resilience. I don’t know that I could stand up to that kind of scrutiny.” While many challenges await the 54-year-old Robinson before the next general election, the Republican office holder won’t be shy about discussing his faith along the way. In a talk at a Charlotte church in May, he told the congregation that before Jesus came to earth, He knew that Mark Robinson would be the chief sinner and do things wrong and still gave His life as a sacrifice. “We need to talk more about that—saved but sinning,” Robinson said at the non-denominational Freedom House. “When everybody else was gone, ch ar is ma ma g.com

Jesus was there with us. That’s why I thank Him every time I take this stage. I’m not ashamed to say He’s the reason I’ve been sustained.” Things didn’t start out that well for the Greensboro native, the ninth of 10 children born to a mother with a fifth-grade education and a 71-year-old father with a serious drinking problem.

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Robinson grew up in a ramshackle, rat-infested house not far from North Carolina A&T State University. In a 2020 interview with a Greensboro TV reporter, he recalled when he stood there and thought about where he came from, it made him smile. “Those were great memories, and not all of them were great,” Robinson said. Raised in a home plagued by poverty and domestic violence, he watched his parents fight constantly. One time they battled with a claw hammer and bloodied each other throughout the house. “I grew up going downtown in Greensboro and looking at the businessmen and their secretaries and feeling less than human,” he said at Freedom House. “That’s where I came from. But I learned more about life and what’s important about life playing in the dirt in my front yard with my brothers and sisters than any (rich kid) could have learned on a private jet going to Europe.” At one point placed in foster care with one brother, Robinson later returned home. He credits his mother with teaching him the faith that has served as a cornerstone for his life. He calls her a strong woman of faith who valued hard work and provided heroically for her children after her husband died when Robinson was 12. While he grew up walking to church, it took a while to make his faith in Christ a part of his daily life. Among the detours along the way: paying for an abortion in 1989 for his wife, Yolanda, prior to their marriage (see sidebar). Although Robinson’s outspoken nature has ruffled a lot of feathers across the state, he insists that a major problem his state and our nation have is we are too divided. co nti n u e d » S e p t e m be r / O c t o be r 2 02 2 | C H A RI S M A

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Mark Robinson had posted the admission on his Facebook page a decade earlier. But in late March, when news media trumpeted the story that he had paid for an abortion for the woman who is now his wife, it flared into headlines across North Carolina. “I’m not saying abortion is wrong ‘cause I said so; it’s wrong ‘cause God says so,” Robinson wrote in 2012. “It’s wrong when others do it and it was wrong when I paid for it to be done to my unborn child in 1989.” In a video posted after the ruckus erupted, Robinson sat next to his wife, Yolanda, as he said, “It was the hardest decision we have ever made and, sadly, we made the wrong one.” He added that it was because of this experience and their spiritual journey that the couple had made the decision to become strongly pro-life. The admission provoked a firestorm of controversy. The Raleigh News & Observer and many other media and political figures condemned his remarks. In a signed column, News & Observer opinion writer Paige Masten commented, “There’s a certain kind of moral hypocrisy involved in condemning others for a choice that you, too, once made. Everyone should have the right to choose what’s best for themselves and their families, including Mark Robinson.” “They had a chance to make a choice,” Mecklenburg County Democratic Party member Johnelle Causwell told a Charlotte TV station. “Now, he’s advocating for other women to not be able to make that choice for themselves, but a government body should make that choice for them? That is hypocritical.” Others were more forgiving, such as Dan Bishop, who represents southern North Carolina’s Ninth District in Congress. “How can leaders proclaim repentance to this chaotic world?” Bishop wrote in a tweet. “This is how. A public confession many years before emerging into public life. Unblinking acknowledgement now. How refreshing.” Dr. Bill Pincus, president of North Carolina Right to Life (which endorsed Robinson in the 2020 general election) says the lieutenant governor’s change of heart should be respected. “Look at all the abortionists who have said, ‘It really is a baby I’m killing’ Mark Robinson and changed their minds,” Dr. Pincus says. “All of us have made mistakes and done things in the past that we regret and would not do again. We support Mark Robinson; he’s a strong pro-life advocate.” Right to Life welcomed him as its keynote speaker for January 2021’s “March for Life” rally and parade in Raleigh. The lieutenant governor agrees there may be exceptions to the rules. However, he says 99% of abortions are done “on demand,” meaning the woman had consensual sex, got pregnant and simply doesn’t want to have the child. In one of his Facebook threads, Robinson wrote that to have abortion “mills” that kill the unborn at will is shameful and if we allow this to become an accepted part of society, we will feel God’s wrath. “This has nothing to do with politics; it’s about morality,” Robinson responded to one person who commented on his messages. “By the way, I saw your other post and I intend to keep pointing those fingers at me first.” 70

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“I voted for Donald Trump, you voted for Joe Biden ... and we can’t talk?” he said at a mid-June speech to a non-profit economic development group in Elizabethtown. “Ridiculous.”

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Despite that conciliatory statement, over the past year the outspoken state official, who presides over the state senate and sits on several North Carolina boards and commissions, has sparked considerable controversy. Robinson has tangled with critics over such issues as LGBTQ rights, his pro-life stance, his avid support for gun rights and a recent declaration that men should lead Christians. The Charlotte Observer has described Robinson’s social media posts as cringeworthy and an embarrassment, while the state Democratic Party labels them homophobic, anti-Semitic and downright unhinged. But don’t expect him to back down from his pro-life, pro-capitalist and pro-traditional values stances any time soon. If anything, when opponents turn up the heat, he doubles down on his comments. That includes speaking at the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual meeting last May in Houston, three days after the shootings of 21 children and teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. The crime created such an uproar that Texas’ top two state officials canceled their appearances at the event. “I am here today, much to the chagrin of many of the leftists back home in my state who thought I should cower and stay home,” Robinson said, according to a report by a Raleigh TV station. “And, not come here and continue to defend that right for those law-abiding citizens back home...” After Robinson’s remarks in June of 2021 at a Baptist church disparaging c h a r i s ma ma g. co m

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transgenderism and homosexuality came to light last fall, one state senator called for the lieutenant governor’s resignation. President Joe Biden’s administration issued a statement through its deputy press secretary, condemning the comments as “repugnant and offensive.” Responds Robinson to various attacks: “I’m not ashamed of anything that I post.” Although lacking political experience, Robinson catapulted into the public eye after addressing the Greensboro City Council in April of 2018. His passionate defense there of gun rights came less than two months after the slayings of 17 high school students in a campus shooting in a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At the time, the council was considering banning an upcoming gun show at the Greensboro Coliseum, a staple at the city-owned arena since the 1970s. The former factory worker and business owner told the council that law-abiding citizens in his community and others around the nation were the first taxed, last considered, and first ones punched when something like this happened. “You can take the guns away from all if you want to ... but here’s what’s going to happen,” Robinson said. “The Crips and the Bloods on the other side of town? They’re not going to turn their guns in; they’re going to hold on to ‘em. And what’s going to happen when you have to send the police down there to take them? (They) can barely enforce the law as it is. “That’s what I see. We demonize the police and make the criminals into victims. And we’re talking about restricting guns?” Ironically, Greensboro’s city fathers later acted to keep gun shows away from the Coliseum for five years. The Greensboro News & Record reported recently that in December of 2020 the city agreed to pay $375,000 over five years to purchase ownership rights to the Greensboro Gun Show name and potential show dates through 2025. 72

“Robinson is a Black political and social conservative who is a Republican and forthright about his Christian faith ... both a rebuke and a threat to the liberal’s worldview.

Growing Enthusiasm

The one thing Greensboro’s council members couldn’t stop was a groundswell of enthusiasm for Robinson’s remarks. To say they struck a nerve is an understatement. Filmed by former Congressman Mark Walker and spread via Facebook and other platforms, a newspaper report last April said the four-minute video had received more than 3.7 million views and 150,000 shares (Robinson’s campaign said it received 150 million views). Part of the public sentiment included an invitation from the NRA to join its board of directors. In 2020, the association extended more than $87,000 of financial support for his campaigns for office. Robinson ran on a platform whose planks included such points as support for guns, school choice, a pro-life position and against sanctuary cities for immigrants. Though running in a crowded field of eight candidates, Robinson pulled 32% of the Republican primary vote to avoid a runoff. He drew nearly 241,000 votes, about 133,000 more than his closest challenger. In the general election, Robinson

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received about 51% of the ballots, outpolling State Representative Yvonne Holley (also an African American) by nearly 178,000 votes. North Carolina is one of 17 states where the governor and lieutenant governor are elected independently. Consequently, Robinson and Governor Roy Cooper occupy opposite poles on the political spectrum. Cooper decided against a 2022 bid for the U.S. Senate because he didn’t want Robinson to succeed him. In late May, the governor tweeted criticism of Robinson for a talk two weeks earlier where the lieutenant governor said he owned AR-15s in case “the government gets too big for its britches.” “This is dangerous and not who we are as patriotic North Carolinians,” Cooper wrote, saying Robinson’s comments shamed the state and advocated violent overthrow of the government. Echoed Attorney General Josh Stein in a separate tweet: “To say that you have an AR-15 to shoot government officials is simply unacceptable. We need leaders who are focused on serving the public, not pushing pretend culture wars.” “No one with a brain thinks I’m calling for people to attack government officials,” Robinson replied in a statement emailed to the Raleigh News & Observer. “You would think that the Governor, and the Attorney General, would have a better grasp of the Constitution. The Framers gave us the 2nd Amendment to protect from a tyrannical government. Period.” Not surprisingly, Cooper hasn’t generally recognized Robinson except when criticizing him. Last spring, a columnist for The Christian Post commented on that in relation to Cooper’s State of the State speech to North Carolina’s general assembly. Although an historic occasion because it marked the first time a Black man had ever presided at the speech, Cooper failed to even acknowledge Robinson in his remarks, wrote Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League of North c h a r i s ma ma g. co m


Carolina. Creech called the omission “egregious,” considering Cooper’s removal of Confederate statues from the Capitol, marching alongside protestors after George Floyd’s death and bringing up racism in his speech. Nor did the media point out the exclusion, Creech said. “One can only surmise why,” Creech wrote. “But it seems apparent it’s because Robinson doesn’t fit the liberal narrative. He’s not the kind of minority that helps their cause. Robinson is a Black political and social conservative who is a Republican and forthright about his Christian faith. Perish the thought—a person with those colors is both a rebuke and a threat to the liberal’s worldview.”

Inspiring Leader

Robinson’s story parallels that of Tim Scott, also raised in a poor, single-parent home. A South Carolina Republican (and one of only three Black U.S. senators), Scott has been mentioned as a potential presidential candidate in 2024. Whether Robinson’s career will rise that high remains to be seen. But his full story will emerge this September, when Republic Book Publishers releases his memoir, We Are the Majority: The Life and Passions of a Patriot. Robinson makes no secret of his affection for the United States and its capitalist underpinnings. While the news media made much of a brief remark near the end of Robinson’s talk at Freedom House about Christians needing to be led by men, the majority of his 46-minute speech consisted of a critique of liberal social, political and educational policies. Robinson said the devil comes to people in cute phrases like “social justice,” which he said has wormed its way into every level of education, entertainment, athletics and even the church. There are people going to churches who are listening to the doctrine of social justice and are likely bound for hell because they never hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, he said. “Social justice and its lessons are a folly,” Robinson says, who calls it ch ar is ma ma g.com

the same old socialist-based dogma communist agitators brought to his Greensboro neighborhood in the mid1970s. Robinson says Christians must turn away from this doctrine and keep it out of our hearts and minds, away from our children and out of our churches. Such plain speaking earned him applause, just like it did in June of 2021, said J. Allen Mashburn, pastor of Asbury Baptist Church. While most news reports about Robinson’s talk in Seagrove focused on his remarks about homosexuality, the pastor says the lieutenant governor mentioned several topics.

“The left, the media

and even some Republicans will continue to attack Robinson, demanding that he exit stage left and grovel a bit before being canceled.

Everything Robinson said was biblical, Mashburn says, adding that the only reason it’s controversial is because the truth goes against the grain of how people want to live—absent of God or His influence. Saying he is beyond tired of the leftist agenda being pushed down citizens’ throats, the pastor calls Robinson a “breath of fresh air” in a dark world. “He has inspired many pastors to become more involved in the public arena and run for office in their communities,” Mashburn says. “People will rally around a true leader, and that’s what we’re seeing in North Carolina.”

Daniel Weeks, pastor of nondenominational Bethel Church in Goldsboro, professes to be a bit uncertain about the kind of job Robinson has been doing. Still, Weeks appreciates anyone who is open, honest and straightforward, so if Robinson runs for governor in 2024 “we’ll know what we’re getting.” Bethel’s pastor says much of the hostility aimed at the lieutenant governor stems from Robinson’s strong leadership. “Being a strong male leader right now, no matter what color you are, puts the crosshairs on your back,” Weeks says. “If you’re not afraid to be a man, people are going to come out of the woodwork and criticize you. Being forceful or decisive rubs our society the wrong way. The enemy has a plan to remove male leadership from institutions and the family.” Sometimes, such controversy can obscure larger issues. This was a point made by a columnist last fall during the flap over Robinson’s remarks about homosexuality. While they produced outrage, the North Carolina Journal’s Ray Nothstine wrote that the broader context contained a truth many need to hear: politics will not solve problems that are spiritual or cultural in nature. “Perhaps shocking to some in the media and in urban enclaves, millions of North Carolinians hold to a traditional view of human sexuality,” said the Journal’s opinion editor. “They can voice their concerns and advocate a position that the family and churches be primary for sex education.” The columnist said the left, the media and even some Republicans will continue to attack Robinson, demanding that he exit stage left and grovel a bit before being canceled. “Yet, others feel Robinson is just getting started,” Nothstine said. “Politics is often unpredictable, which only adds to Robinson’s relevance in today’s clash of worldviews.” A former newspaper editor who is now a freelance writer and book editor, KEN WALKER is a longtime contributor to Charisma.

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Many theologians tell us the first chapter of Romans was written to show why the heathen nations are “without excuse” for not knowing and worshipping the true God. According to their argument, if a heathen could see the sun, the moon, and the stars, they must know there is a creator, and therefore they are “without excuse” Romans 1:20. The truth is, however, those who have no excuse are those who have received the word of God, but have ignored it. The Apostle Paul said “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness” Romans 1:18. It was against Jerusalem that the “wrath of God” was revealed when God called for the armies of Babylon to destroy her. Paul explained why in his epistle to the Romans. The sin that brought the wrath of God against Jerusalem was twofold. First, they “changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things” Romans 1:23. King David explained exactly how they did this; “They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image. Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass” Psalms 106:19-20. It was a spiritual sin Israel committed. Aaron, who became their high priest. built for them a golden calf, and called the congregation to worship the calf as “the god which hath brought you out of Egypt” Exodus 32:4-6. Notice, the sin was in “the church” (the church in the wilderness Acts 7:38), but it was the nation that suffered the consequences. Paul said, “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness …to dishonour their own bodies between themselves.” Romans 1:23-24. They worshiped a false image of God, so God let them become slaves to sexual immorality. The second step in their decline toward a reprobate mind Romans 1:28 was they “changed the truth of God into a lie” Romans 1:25. The Greek text says they “exchanged the truth for a lie.” They believed the false prophets in their day and persecuted those who were sent by God. “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections.” Romans 1:25-27. The Bible describes these “vile affections” as being the same abominations that caused God to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. In fact, God said, just before calling for their destruction, that Jerusalem was more corrupt than Sodom Ezekiel 16:46-48. The prophet Isaiah said of the nation of Israel, “From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment. Your country

is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers” Isaiah 1:6-7. God addressed Jerusalem with a question of amazement. He asked, “How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers” Isaiah 1:21. Through the prophet Jeremiah, God again questioned Jerusalem; “I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me?” Jeremiah 2:21. Today, we must ask, “How has America fallen into her present estate?” The Bible answers both questions and lets us know that, to our shame, we have followed in the steps of Old Testament Israel. Jeremiah defined the problem and warned the nation early in his ministry. He said, “The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?” Jeremiah 5:31. Jeremiah lived the see “the end thereof.” In his “Book of Lamentations,” he looked upon Jerusalem after the destruction by Babylon, and wrote these words; “The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem. For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests…” Lamentations 4:1213. He laid the responsibility for the desolation at the feet of the prophets and priests of Jerusalem. “O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help.” Hosea 13:9 Hosea was actually a prophet to the northern kingdom of Israel in the years before Assyria took them into captivity. His words were true for Israel in his day, and for America in our day. America is destroyed, and she has destroyed herself. Actually, it was unrighteous judges who destroyed America, and we let it happen. In 1963, the Supreme Court ruled against school sponsored Christian prayers and bible reading in public schools. In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of abortion on demand, which resulted in the murder of sixty-three million babies, one of the greatest crimes against humanity in the history of the world. Sometime later, they ruled in favor of “freedom of expression” for pornographers, which resulted in polluting the minds of America’s children. In 2015, the Supreme Court redefined marriage and forced America to allow men to marry men, and women to marry women. The result of these decisions has given us a culture that would make Sodom


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and Gomorrah blush with shame. Never in the history of the world has there been a culture which would seek to change little boys into girls, and little girls into boys. Over sixty years ago, Nikita Khrushchev, the premier of the Soviet Union, said communism would take over America “without firing a shot.” He warned that our freedoms would destroy us, and we would fall into the hands of communism “like an overripe apple.” The “Iron Curtain” of communism collapsed over the Soviet Union, but less than a generation later our nation is in “freefall.” There is hope for our nation, however, which has arisen “from another place” Esther 4:14. I was awakened early the morning after Election Day, 2016. I had fallen asleep, knowing Donald Trump would be our next president, and I awoke hearing these words from the Spirit of God; “I will restore thy judges as at the first.” I recognized these words from the prophecies of Isaiah concerning the restoration of Jerusalem. He continued in the scripture, “…afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city” Isaiah 1:26. Perhaps this was the purpose and chief accomplishment of the Trump presidency. I immediately wrote an open letter to the President-elect, asking him to appoint righteous judges, and they would “make America righteous again.” I do not know if he received the letter or not, but during his tenure in office, Donald Trump appointed 226 judges to the federal courts, and three justices to the Supreme Court. His one requirement in his appointments was that they would be “originalists,” which means they would interpret the Constitution of the United States of America as it was originally meant to be, or “as at the first”. For the first time in my life we have a “righteous majority” on the Supreme Court, which will restore righteous judgement to America. Just last week as I write this, the Supreme Court overturned the “abortion on demand” ruling from 1973, the first step in many that will restore righteousness to our nation. It took two generations to destroy America, and it may take another generation to restore her. Those who fought to take school sponsored prayer and bible readings out of the public schools sixty years ago had a long-term plan, which they have successfully executed. America at this present time has reached her lowest moral ebb ever. As God said of Jerusalem before us, America was “…full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers” Isaiah 1:21. The words used to describe Jerusalem in the generation just before she was destroyed by Babylon also describe America in our generation perfectly. Our nation is “Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, and maliciousness Full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenantbreakers, without

natural affection, implacable, unmerciful” Romans 29-31. The last words of the Old Testament are “And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse” Malachi 4:6. This was the issue that caused Jesus in Gethsemane to pray “in agony” until “His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground” Luke 22:44. If He did not reconcile the world, He must destroy the world, because that was the promise of the Law. He chose to take the curse of the Law upon Himself Galatians 3:13 and redeem us who would believe. America has been “weighed in the balance, and found wanting.” What will God do? Will He restore America, or will He destroy America? There is no other choice. When I see the “children of Belial” II Samuel 23:6, II Corinthians 6:15 rioting in the streets, burning, looting, and murdering, it seems impossible that America can be saved, but when I hear God say “I will restore thy judges as at the first,” I have hope. When God restored our Supreme Court with originalist Judges, I know His purpose is to restore our nation. The four men and one woman on the court who ruled against abortion on demand did so after receiving death threats, a planned assassination threat, and continuous demonstrations outside their private dwellings. These were chosen by God for the task set before them, and they will do it if we who believe and trust in Jesus Christ will hold up their hands to strengthen them with our prayers.

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Sure enough, the center had just one pair of size 12 steel-toed boots. “You’d think we gave him the world,” Lewis says.

Bosco’s Story

Right after CADC opened in 2018, Richie and his team met Bosco, a man in his early sixties, during a street outreach. Bosco had been in prison for 38 years, yet the power of

Healing Testimonies

By Richie Lewis

Healed of Heart and Lung Damage from COVID I prayed for a man in his 30s who had a severe case of COVID last year. Doctors told him he had the heart and lungs of a 60-year-old. His lung tissue was twice as thick as it should be and simple tasks would make him lose his breath and make his chest tight. After prayer I told him to test it out by doing something he couldn’t do before. He did 25 jumping jacks and to his surprise he didn’t get winded. He returned to tell me that he had medical tests run and his lung capacity was back to normal. A Goiter Disappears After Prayer One of our teams prayed for a woman with a large goiter on her neck. When we ran into her again, the goiter was gone. She told us that the goiter vanished just a few days after the team prayed for her! Salvation and Backs Healed We saw two people give their lives to Jesus and two people with back issues healed! Woman Healed of Psoriasis I prayed for a lady who had psoriasis (an incurable skin disease that produces patches of red, flaky skin). She told me that the patches which were present for many years are now completely gone! Man Deaf In One Ear Healed I spent about 30 minutes praying for a man who was 100% deaf in his left ear. Each time I prayed, he received more healing until his hearing was fully restored. No Trace of Cancer In November 2018, we prayed for a man with prostate cancer. A month later he came back and told us that at his next doctor’s appointment they found no trace of cancer in his body. Stomach Infection Gone I prayed for a man who had candida (a fungal infection in his stomach and intestines). Because of the infection he was in much pain, had severe stomach issues and was limited in the foods he could eat. He had been fighting this infection for about a year. Later he called me all excited saying that he went to his doctor and they did not find any trace of the infection in his body. Miraculous Healing Confirmed by a Doctor We prayed for a lady who had carpal tunnel. She was in so much pain she could barely hold a pencil. Immediately after praying all of her pain left. A month later we talked to her again and she told us that not only is she still completely pain free but a week after we prayed for her, she had a doctor’s appointment. Even though she was pain free she decided to keep it. The doctor ran all sorts of tests. After testing her, the doctor said, “Well, you don’t have carpal tunnel anymore!” Cancerous Tumor Gone Our team prayed for a man who had a large cancerous tumor the size of a fist inside of his chest. We declared healing over him and he came back about a month later and said that, during his next doctor’s appointment, the doctors were surprised to find the tumor was gone. All that was left was a bit of scar tissue where the tumor used to be. 76

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the gospel gripped his heart and he surrendered to Christ. Bosco came back to the center the following Saturday and said, “I got to tell you guys a couple things. Since I came to Jesus last week, some strange things have happened to me. I used to be full of hate and I don’t have hate now—I love people. Since last Saturday, I haven’t touched drugs or alcohol.” Today, Bosco comes to the Dream Center every time the doors are opened. One day while walking in the neighborhood, he saw a lady having a difficult time bending over to get groceries out of her trunk. Bosco stopped and said, “Is everything okay? Can I help you?” The woman explained that her back was in severe pain. Bosco prayed for her and she was instantly healed. “He comes and volunteers every time our doors are open,” Lewis says. “Bosco will literally do anything we ask him—serve food, clean bathrooms, go to the street and share the gospel. He is just there to serve.”

What’s Next?

Like Bosco, the majority of the people touched by the CADC outreach are taking ownership of “the dream” to meet the tangible needs of the inner city’s underprivileged while reaching thousands with the gospel. Incredibly, 60% of CADC’s volunteers are people in the neighborhood who were touched by God and today come to the center to serve, not to be served. What’s next? Lewis says, “I feel like what we’re doing here is super effective and meeting the needs already. If we do anything else, I’m leaning toward starting another site in some other city like York, Pennsylvania, and multiplying.” C. HOPE FLINCHBAUGH has written over 250 stories for the Association of Christian Schools International. The author of three novels and two nonfiction books, she has also written over 75 magazine articles for children and adults. c h a r i s ma ma g. co m

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HISTORY HIDES ITS MYSTERIES. Yet mysteries demand to be solved. The shroud that has veiled this messianic mystery for mankind’s entire sojourn on planet Earth must soon be drawn back in an apocalyptic “Unveiling”— a revelation of reality that has escaped our own understanding — a sweeping away of persistently frustrating blindness. THIS IS OUR MOMENT! The leaders of the nations are trembling on the precipice of global conflagration. People are terrified. Nothing seems certain, except chaos, catapulting the planet to the precipice of a chasm so sheer as to shake the confidence of the most courageous. We need a ray of hopeful light in the encroaching darkness. Indeed, this is our moment of truth. Destiny rides in the balance. Please, then, join us on this fascinating journey through time so as to grasp more effectively the solemnity of and solutions for our time. Time is short so we must proceed quickly, even as we grope in darkness. The picture that will soon emerge will either leave you awash in unprecedented hope or in unfathomable horror. Let us be on our way to “Unveil History’s Greatest Mystery”-the haunting, yet persistent, mystery of MESSIAH. Chuck’s daily VIEWPOINT podcast is heard right here on the Charisma Media site. His many books and further information from SAVE AMERICA Ministries are all available at saveus.org

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The Miracles and Awe of

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Live, move and breathe in the awe of deep relationship with God—and watch Him change your life forever

o you know that there are more than 8,000 promises in the Bible? That’s a lot of promises! But more important than knowing or reciting those 8,000 promises is knowing the promise giver Himself. When we know God—really know Him—it is easy to believe that He has only the very best in His heart for us. Can God work a miracle in your life? Of course, He can. But only an immature child looks to a parent for what he or she can “get” out of that relationship. Maturing sons and daughters want to know their parent and spend time together with them.

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The first step to experiencing God’s miracles is to spend time with Him and actually know Him. To know His names (and their meanings) and His promises is to trust Him! Take the time in your daily life to develop a relationship with God. This is the most important foundation for living a life of miracles. The foremost priority of the believer is to look to our God. We must look to Him through Scripture and the leading of the Holy Spirit so we can see how caring and fabulous He is! This concept is summed up by the Hebrew word avot, which means the first and refers to the most important and foundational thing in our lives. Larry taught that the avot (or avos, the plural form) refers to the beginnings of a thing, and those beginnings are the all-important foundation that must be continued and built upon. The way something begins determines how it will ultimately finish. Again, we can look at this like the top button on a button-down shirt—if you don’t get the top one buttoned right, none of the other buttons will line up. But when you match the top button to the correct buttonhole, everything else lines up perfectly and easily! Our relationship with God is our top priority, our “top button.” So how do we get to know God? As I said, the way a thing begins determines the way it progresses and turns out. So every morning, before you dive into all of your to-do lists or responsibilities, dive into His presence. As you breathe your first breaths of the morning, stop and breathe in God’s breath of life. Focus on Jesus and connect yourself to His Word, His love and His peace. Larry and I have personally practiced this—in good times and tough times—and taught this to others for more than 45 years. Knowing God, having an intimate relationship with Him, is the c h a r i s ma ma g. co m


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of something. But the concept of knowing something or someone takes on a specialized meaning in the Hebrew language when it has to do with relationship—especially a relationship made through covenant. In the Bible, the Hebrew word yāḏa can mean to acknowledge the terms of a covenant one has entered into, loyalty, or keeping your word. Let’s look at the usage of the word know in Genesis 18:19 (KJV, emphasis added): “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.” It’s interesting to note that the word yāḏa is often translated as “chosen” in

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ready, willing and available to you.

In your own life, no matter what you’re facing or going through, dedicate time to spend in the presence of God, worshipping and glorifying Him. Let His presence envelop and elevate you into His reality. Declare the promises from the Word of God! Rather than dwelling on and magnifying the problems, dwell on and magnify His promises! Think and talk about His love, goodness and limitless power to change your life and circumstances! Now, let me explain how to do this.

yāḏa—to Know and Trust Him

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Genesis 18:19. Notice how the verse reads in the New International Version (emphasis added): “For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” The Lord is saying in this verse that He knows Abraham and trusts him to keep his side of the covenant. This implies a depth of confidence and intimacy in the relationship. It is important to understand that God’s covenant was not based upon the fact that Abraham was a perfect man. Abraham wasn’t perfect. So perfection did not make Abraham worthy of God’s covenant. The Scriptures are very open about Abraham’s and Sarah’s c h a r i s ma ma g. co m

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absolute most important key for us to live consistently in His presence. You see, experiencing miracles by the moment is the outflow of a deep, consistent pursuit of God. I’m not talking about a theory; I’m talking about my actual experience in knowing God! When we make knowing Him the avot, the top button, of our days and lives, everything else lines up accordingly. Let’s not wait until we need a miracle to become acquainted with the miracle worker! My top priority in seeking my miracle healing of cancer was to seek the Lord Himself! To intimately know Him, His nature and His love has always been my goal. I want to commune with God. I had so much to do and deal with during this time, but I knew that above all, my future depended on saturating my heart, mind, soul and body with the Spirit of the living God! The most important thing on my long to-do list was to spend time in His presence! The sense of peace, normalcy and joy that overrode my circumstances was tangible. In fact, so many people commented that they were astounded by how positive Larry and I were as we told our church family about what was happening and that we were actually encouraging them to believe everything was going to turn out great.


human weaknesses. But God and Abraham had an interactive and intimate relationship that involved yāḏa— knowing and trusting each other. Think about it. The Lord knew He could trust Abraham, and Abraham knew he could trust the Lord! Do you know that you can trust the Lord? The basis for trusting someone is to first know him. To know God is to trust Him, and for Him to know us is to trust us! That is what a covenant relationship between the Lord and us looks like! Wow! Whether the concept of an intimate relationship with the Lord is new to you or you are a seasoned prayer warrior, exciting new adventures with God await us all! Let’s make the choice to commit ourselves to knowing God right now. Whether it is an hour or five minutes, dedicate time to Him alone first thing each morning. Make knowing Him the way you begin your day. God is ready, willing and available to you. People often say, “God is awesome,” but what does it mean to be in “awe” of God? Leviticus 9:22-24 describes Aaron and the priests during a time of worship when, as James W. Ritenbaugh writes in the Forerunner Commentary, “they fell on their faces out of fear, reverence, respect, awe, and wonder from the knowledge that God was in their midst.” Biblical references to the “fear” of God often also means deep respect and reverential “awe” of realizing the realities of who He is!

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As pastors, Larry and I have seen these aha moments pass over our people’s faces, words and body language as they hear the word of God and experience an “aha moment.” Oftentimes someone will say, “Pastor, I finally get it!” There are Bible terms that refer to this same concept. The Greek word logos refers to the written word of God. The Greek word rhema is also based upon the written Word of God, ch ar is ma ma g.com

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but refers to the Word being spoken and brought to life and significance as it applies to a specific person or circumstance. We often refer to these as revelations that can cause a turning point, open new opportunities or expand our limited perspective of our lives and futures. This is the type of “knowing” that Jesus referred to in John 8:32 (MEV) when he stated, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” Larry and I can look back and point to every time we experienced one of these dynamic rhema, knowing, epiphany, wake-up calls, revelation or aha moments that hit us in our hearts. As we “owned” the realities of His promises and truths, they have dynamically impacted us, set us free and changed the course of our lives forever! We have experienced these points since we were both born again decades ago. We’ve joyfully experienced these aha moments when God called us to ministry and we surrendered our futures to His will. Look at some of the revelations we’ve received in our aha moments: » God is a good, loving, kind Father, not a mean, hard taskmaster. » God is not a taker; He is a giver. » God does not require us to take a vow of poverty but to take a vow of priorities. The type of “awe” we have for the Lord becomes our point of reference to how we see God. The type of awe we have for God impacts how we see God, how we respond to Him and 82

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Consider this. If we see God as vengeful, cruel, judgmental, a hard taskmaster or uncaring, then our perspective of Him will be filled with the “awe” of fear and dread. We don’t want to be close to someone we fear or dread. Our response to knowing God will be one of apprehension. If we see God as good, pleasant and worthy of appreciation, that is good, but it’s not really personal, a priority or relevant in our hearts. This kind of awe produces thoughts that God is there, but He is irrelevant in our lives, so we become indifferent to His presence and person. If we see God as magnificent, all-powerful, sacred and our loving Father, then our perspective of Him will be filled with the “awe” of sacred reverence, respect, amazement, astonishment, wonder, personal intimacy, hope, faith, confidence, inspiration and expectation! W hat are your ever yday “God thoughts?” What perspective of “awe” do we have for the Lord? Fearful, indifferent, casual, cautiously hopeful, intimate, faith-filled, expectant? An awe-ah moment with God and His promises can take us from awful and hopeless, to awesome and hopeful. That awe-ah moment leave us awestruck and assured of the fullness of His

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promises, blessings and miracles to come to life in our own lives and futures! These same awe-ah and aha moments are here for you too. No matter what you’re facing, let the Spirit of God bring the promises of God to life within your heart right now. Take a moment to close your eyes, calm your mind, be still and “know” that He is God. (See Ps. 46:10). Pause and let it sink in deeply how much God loves you and how awesome He is. Own these truths personally. Let these biblical truths bring a moment of truth to your heart and life. But, above all, try to grasp the reality and the “awe” that God is real and that you are in His presence!

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Pause for a moment right now and pray this prayer with me: Father, I believe that You are real and that You love me and care about me. I take You at Your Word that You, Yourself, are watching over my life to perform Your Word and promises for me. I believe it and I receive it into my heart, mind, body and future right now. Thank You, Lord. Amen. I hope you just experienced an awe-ha moment with the Lord. Did He impress your heart to do something? Did He say something to you just now? Write it down. Take all the time you want or need to engage in conversation with God, because I sure am! For more information on Miracles by the Moment, visit MyCharismaShop.com. LARRY AND TIZ HUCH are the pastors of New Beginnings in Bedford, Texas, and hosts of the weekly television broadcast New Beginnings With Larry & Tiz Huch, which is changing lives worldwide. Over more than 45 years of ministry, the Huchs have planted seven churches in the U.S. and Australia and have written several books individually and together. They are dedicated to building bridges of peace, friendship and unity between Christians and Jews. c h a r i s ma ma g. co m


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Why “I don’t get involved in politics” is no longer an acceptable position for committed Christians

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ave you ever experienced a life-changing moment? A moment when you knew you would never look at the world the same? Or maybe it was a moment of insight that would forever eliminate your automatic, learned responses? For me, that moment came while visiting Kenya in 2007. After starting a new job with the U.S. Agency for International Development, Convoy of Hope invited me to tour a part of Nairobi called the Mathare Valley. Everywhere I looked, I saw orphans. Children who had lost their parents to HIV/AIDS scrounged through the garbage dumps searching for food. Most of the homes, if you can call them that, were mere shacks with mud walls and tin roofs. There was no electricity, no running water and no sewage system. It was so dangerous there and the poverty was so extreme that the police and the fire department would not respond if called. It was truly one of the closest things to a man-made hell I have ever seen on earth. Our African guide, Rev. Peter Nuthu, had been the pastor of a large church in a wealthier part of Nairobi; then one day, he and his wife visited Mathare. His wife encouraged him to start a one-day-a-week feeding program for the children there. Quickly, they realized that this food was the only real meal many of the children had all week! So Rev. Nuthu and his wife gave up their nice home and church in the better part of town and moved their ministry to the edge of Mathare. As we stood in the courtyard inside the gates, the reverend explained that we were going to a dangerous place because the people there were so desperate. We were instructed to leave any of our jewelry behind and to tuck our cameras inside our jackets. Then six strapping young men armed with billy clubs surrounded us to provide protection. As Rev. Nuthu led us outside the safety of his compound through a back gate, I felt like I was walking through a portal into another world.

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As we walked deeper into the valley, the sights, smells and sounds of human suffering were the most tragic I have ever witnessed or could have even imagined before my visit. Rev. Nuthu led us deeper and deeper until we reached a fetid mountain, a 50-foot-high accumulation of garbage, excrement and death that had been building for years. I stopped in my tracks as he started leading everyone to climb up that enormous mountain of garbage. I hung back with one of my staff members and decided to stay behind until the rest of the group returned. I did not want to go farther up because it looked so unpleasant and possibly unsafe, but Rev. Nuthu ch ar is ma ma g.com

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noticed I was not with them and turned back around to get me. With an almost desperate look in his eyes, he took my hand and said, “Please, come with me; I need to show you something.” I mustered the courage and followed him. We climbed for several minutes and were about halfway up when he stopped and suddenly pointed to something at his feet—a pile of rotting goat intestines that were turning black and were covered in flies. The smell made me nauseous. It was simply disgusting to even look at them. I stared at the reverend with complete bewilderment. He could see that I didn’t understand why he was showing me this, so he looked into my eyes, pointed again with great fervor, and said, “This is what they eat!” I stared at him in disbelief. He said it again. “If we don’t feed them, this is what the children will come and eat.” My mind began to race as I understood the unbelievable horror and gravity of what he was explaining. My instinct was to run as fast as I could from this place. Run back to my hotel, with its hot water and a bed with nice clean sheets, and then back onto the plane home. But my feet were lead, my heart was heavy and my eyes held back tears, for that was the moment—the moment that I knew inaction was no longer an option. To shake my head and offer my meager prayers would never be enough. I knew that, just like Rev. Nuthu, I had to get involved and personally help make a difference. co nti n u e d » S e p t e m be r / O c t o be r 2 02 2 | C H A RI S M A

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winning if I could raise enough money to let people know they had a solid, honest alternative who would stand up for faith and family values. I had spent years working on Capitol Hill as a legislative staffer, and I knew how to get things done in Washington. My great desire was to put my knowledge and experience to work to help the people I would represent. But if the voters didn’t even know who I was, none of that would matter.

From Inaction to Involvement Now, reflecting on that experience years later, that is exactly how I feel about the current state of American politics. While the political facade in America may not be as jolting as a slum in Africa, the reality is much more fetid than most Americans know.

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When I returned to my hotel room that night after visiting Mathare, I reflected on something that had moved me deeply when I stood next to that huge mountain of garbage in one of the worst slums in the world—and it has stayed with me ever since. In the heart of that desperate place, the only people I saw responding to the needs were Christians. When I looked around, I didn’t see any movie stars speaking out about the injustices. I didn’t see anyone from the local media. One thing stood out in a place where even the fire department and the police wouldn’t respond to cries for help. The people I did see there, helping those in need day in and day out, were true people of faith who weren’t afraid to get involved. I was raised in the church, and my career path is the result of continual prayer and a desire to serve. Having worked as a major gifts officer for more than one large Christian nonprofit, I have come to know personally several high-net-worth individuals, many of them deeply committed Christians. In early 2019, I attended a fundraising dinner at a beautiful hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. In an 86

elegant ballroom, I sat next to a man and his wife who have a personal net worth greater than the gross domestic product of most third world countries. The husband spent a large part of the evening lamenting to me about the state of the country, telling me at length how worried he was for his grandchildren and how he wished we could have better people in leadership. I had no idea that night that less than six months later, God would make it clear to me, after a great deal of prayer and fasting, that I was to run for Congress. For some time, I had held the dream of serving in public office, and suddenly an opportunity to do just that arose. Unexpectedly, a seat was about to be vacated that had previously looked like it would remain occupied for a long time. For me, the decision came down to a question of obedience to God. I didn’t know if I was supposed to win; I just knew I was supposed to run. I filed the paperwork and hired a team of consultants and was told that if I had any hope of winning, I needed to raise at least $750,000. That amount seemed overwhelming, but because I know so many strong Christians who care deeply about the country, I firmly believed that with their help, I could raise the amount needed to be successful. Serious questions existed about the integrity of my main opponents, and thousands of dollars were being poured into their races. The consultants believed that I had a good shot at

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I called the man I’d had the honor of having dinner with just a few months earlier. After excitedly explaining to him what God was leading me to do, I asked him if he and his wife would donate some of the critical funds I needed to have a real fighting chance at winning. After all, I was a Christian like him. I was highly trained, shared his values, and he and his wife knew me personally. I almost dropped the phone when he said, “Terri, I’m sorry, but I’m not going to be able to help you. My wife and I decided a long time ago that we just don’t get involved in politics. We only give our money to Christian nonprofits. We don’t give money to political campaigns.” I felt my knees buckle as I weakly stammered out a thank you for his time and hung up the phone. I couldn’t believe it. I am disappointed to say that over and over, people told me, “I’m sorry; we just don’t get involved in politics.” This came from strong Christians— friends, colleagues and people from church or Bible study groups. Many of them said things like, “Politics is just so nasty,” “Everyone is so corrupt” and “You really can’t change the system.” And on the criticisms went. When I looked back at the end of my race, only a few solid, committed people had stepped up and said yes. Their friendship and support meant everything to me and still does. It mattered to them because they got it. In their minds, they were investing in the kingdom and in me. That was the paradigm shift. I was determined to not let them down. I gave my race everything I had. c h a r i s ma ma g. co m


My team and I left it all on the field, but unfortunately, I did not win. My opponents outspent me by hundreds of thousands of dollars, and as my consultants explained, it was a numbers game. If you don’t have the money, you are almost guaranteed not to win. After my race ended and I had some time to reflect on what happened, I was truly the most aggrieved by how incredibly hard it is for anyone to get elected who is not willing to take money from special interests. Our system seems to be slanted more and more toward candidates who are willing to compromise heavily to get money. In addition, if you have a very short lead time to raise money, as I did, how can you possibly compete with someone who can bring in millions of dollars? Unless you have a major force behind you, such as a huge amount of grassroots support or many people willing to donate, fundraise and personally get involved in other ways, it’s

not possible. And that major force is what I believe God wants to stir up through the body of Christ. The same way that Rev. Nuthu and his wife realized they could not ignore the truth and do nothing, you as well will realize that you must get involved. Inaction is no longer an option. Your life and the lives of your children depend on it. If our nation continues to consume the garbage that is the fruit of corruption, selfishness and bad decision-making because we sit back and do nothing, our country will die. As James 2:20b says, “Faith without works is dead.” Putting that faith into action is powerful. I want to help you see that you have power, a power you may not realize, to change the world, starting with your city or hometown and spreading throughout the rest of your country. Our country. One nation under God. As Christians, we are personally responsible for government at the local, state and federal levels. If we

don’t like what we see, it’s our job to change it. Authentic Christians have divorced themselves from politics and government for far too long out of fear, apathy or ignorance. We must be educated regarding what the Bible says about our involvement in government and then train and support others who want to make a difference. You simply don’t have the luxury of merely voting at the ballot box anymore. You also need to vote with your wallet, time, influence and personal involvement. TERRI HASDORFF is a former congressional candidate and is an executive-level leader. She served on Capitol Hill for six years, then ran for the U.S. House to represent Alabama’s second district. She has a bachelor’s degree from Samford University, is a graduate of the senior executives program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and is currently in the executive MBA program at Oxford University.

These are the words of Satan to Jesus as he hung on the cross. As the devil and his cohorts railed accusation after accusation upon the Son of man, Jesus was alone, in pain, and bewildered while the sins of all mankind were laid to his charge. This is a glimpse into the unseen realm behind the event. We are familiar with Christ crucified for our sins, but what were the realities in the realm of the spirit? The courtroom of Heaven is assembled with God the Father as the Judge, Satan as the Prosecutor, and Jesus the Defendant. The place is Golgotha. The date 34 A.D. The trial is set to begin. SCAN HERE

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Through my Blueprint for Kingdom Identity Masterclass, it is a great joy to help spiritual orphans become sons and daughters. Hundreds of people have become healthy fireplaces who are learning to live and love from the Father’s house. Every day they wake up and ask, “Papa, who do you say I am?” They are drenched in the Father’s affirmation and love. God is restoring us back again to family in this season. We have a heavenly Father whose chief joy is to give us love, peace, joy, security and abundance. We can only find these things in His home. The Garden of Eden was the first home created for man and woman. It was a sacred place, a place where heaven intersects with earth. The garden was the home God had created for His first son and daughter. It was a perfect place where there was love, peace and abundance. Food was abundant, and no one had to labor in order to eat. It was a blessed place, a mini version of heaven. Yet the only reason it was a home was because there was a connection between the Father and His children. Are you longing to be free from the orphan spirit? Do you want to be baptized in the Father’s love? I want to invite you to say this prayer with me: Father God, I thank You that I am Your beloved son/daughter. I thank You that You delight in me and celebrate me, not just tolerate me. I ask You to send Your love to heal any and all orphan thinking and behavior in my life. Reveal Your love to me in a fresh, new way so that this revelation brings a radical transformation to my life. I want to be a representative of Your kingdom of love. I want to partner with You as Your son/daughter in bringing Your healing love to the nations so they will know You as the loving Father of all men. In Jesus’ mighty name, amen. LEIF HETLAND is the founder and president of Global Mission Awareness, globalmissionawareness.com. He ministers globally, bringing an impartation of God’s love, healing and apostolic authority through a paradigm of kingdom family. c h a r i s ma ma g. co m


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eading Jonathan Cahn’s cover story in this of salvation and the cost of following Jesus. In other words, issue or his new book, Return of the Gods, is a if Christians provide a clear alternative to the wackiness of sobering reminder of what is happening in our the culture, people will respond. As Jesus said, the fields are world. It seems things are rushing headlong white unto harvest. toward the end of time. Recently I reread the Then, as if to confirm this, Jordan Peterson, the popular book of Matthew, and his description of what will happen in psychologist and author, posted a 10-minute video on the last days is pretty terrifying. YouTube called Message to the Christian Churches that One of my favorite Bible verses is “We know that all garnered over 1 million views in the first week. He talked things work together for good to those who love the Lord, to about how the culture has become so messed up that those who are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28). men—especially young white males—barely know how to How can that happen when everything is seemingly so respond. The culture tells them they are guilty of patrimony bad? We seem to forget that after the Battle of Armageddon or sexism or toxic masculinity, and they must feel guilty and the Antichrist, we rule and reign with Christ for (which Peterson says harkens back to the biblical concept of 1,000 years of peace. original sin) about even being male. A more practical way to look at Peterson called on Catholic, what’s happening is to understand “If Christians provide a Orthodox and Protestant churches that things must get bad before welcome young men because clear alternative to the to people become desperate for God. Christianity still affirms men and My longtime friend Mario Murillo as God intended. He says to wackiness of the culture, women told me in a recent Strang Report tell these young men it’s normal and podcast that he has not seen more for them to live a life in which people will respond.” good openness to the gospel since the Jesus there is “a woman to find, a garden to movement of the late ‘60s and early walk in, a family to nurture and face ‘70s! Tony Suarez told me his recent four-night crusade in the catastrophes of life stalwartly in truth, devoted to love Los Angeles had over 1,300 people testify to being baptized and without fear.” I’m thankful Peterson is speaking up; he’s in the Holy Spirit. That reminds me of the early days of the obviously touching a nerve. charismatic movement! But why must someone outside the church tell the church Sadly, some charismatic pastors and churches are to step up and meet the need in these young men’s lives? As becoming “sophisticated” and playing down the power of the important as that is, it’s not enough. The purpose of the Holy Spirit. You can go to some charismatic churches where church is to introduce people to Jesus, discipling them in the you see none of the gifts in evidence. It is likely that many of truth of God’s Word and the power of the Holy Spirit. the members of those churches have never even received the I want to make the same challenge to those in the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Pentecostal/charismatic wing of the church who may Some evangelical churches (which ought to know better) refuse to understand that people really want to know the are “going woke.” This goes beyond being seeker sensitive to power of the Holy Spirit, to see miracles and to fulfill their reach people; it involves adopting beliefs of the Left such as purpose in Christ. critical race theory or the gay agenda. Let’s not take our cues from the world of liberal branches Murillo told me he used to preach against those churches of Christianity. Let’s realize, as Mario Murillo has pointed as heretical, but now he doesn’t bother. Instead he encourages out, that people are tired of having no power in this chaotic the thousands of godly pastors who are standing strong. He world. Many are open to receiving Jesus—and I’ll add— tells pastors to advertise they will preach a clear message experiencing the power of Pentecost.


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