90 Days Later…

I wrote this blog post back in 2009 and never published it.

A little over 90 days ago the door to the Church that I was created to Pastor finally opened. It should have opened much sooner (try years ago) but I got a little off track…so thanks be to God for His mercy and grace.

The first service I think we had about 8 people show up and frankly I was surprised that that many came. To tell you the truth It was more than a little surreal to be standing up there behind the holy desk, when just a few weeks ago I had been working on the sound board at the former Church I was serving at.

I went from sound man to Pastor with seemingly little fanfare, I mean it just happened.

So here 90 days later and its hard to put into words all that the Lord has done for us in this short time. The ministry gifts that He has sent to the Church to bless us. The revelation that He has deposited in my spirit and pull out of me on Sunday morning.

I can’t tell you how many time I’m just standing up there preaching and it will be like where in the world is this going? Scriptures are coming up in my heart that I didn’t even study for in the preparation the message are just coming out of my mouth, I’m off of my notes and I’m saying to myself, ok Holy Ghost how are you going to tie all this stuff together?

I’ve had to learn how to minister in a entirely different way. I pray, study, write out my little notes, but when I stand up I don’t know what is going to happen, I just open my mouth and He fills it.

From The Inside Out…

Spiritual and Church growth happens from the inside out.

In the last few months we have put an increased emphasis on prayer at FCC and almost immediately the spiritual atmosphere of the Church was changed. We have a small group that’s get together on Sunday morning and prays for the service. The effect of them getting together and praying for the service produced an increased level of anointing during the services.

On Fridays which was supposed to be our prayer service we spent more time teaching and talking about prayer than actually praying. So this month we decided to change the direction to focusing on praying and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us on when to hit on teaching points. More prayer produced more power during our services.

So I would say in general that our services have become less scripted and since we are praying corporately more and more the anointing level has increased dramatically. There has also be an increase in the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit.

Christianity Is Everything

by A. B. Simpson

Christianity is nothing if it is not everything. Christianity is nothing if it be not altogether supernatural. The great lack of Christianity today is the absence of the supernatural working of God. It is being reduced to science. It is being taught as a system, and it is being pressed as a ceremony and a form of religions culture.

The hearts of many are crying out for something Diviner, deeper and more intensely real, and God is waiting in these last days to show Himself the El-Shadai of Abraham, and the consuming fire of Pentecost.

via faithhopeprayer


The Noonday Prayer Revival Part 2

by Paul R Dienstberger

II. Panic of 1857:

In the Fall of 1857 the boom period ended with the third panic in American history. After the railroad construction, the land speculation, the manufacturing growth, and the Western wheat growth, a banking panic shocked the public and converged on the New York City financial institutions.

On August 30th the bubble burst with the failure of the Ohio Life Insurance Co. and their branch bank in New York City. Other banks called in loans and suspended credit. When the New Haven Railroad failed, fear spread throughout the City. By mid-September twenty-nine banks had failed in New York City alone. Interest rates rose to five-percent per month. With money tight factories closed and 10,000 NYC workers lost manufacturing jobs.

The scenario was repeated in other eastern cities like Philadelphia and Boston. Without credit the crop harvests of the West could not be shipped. Financial ruin spread throughout the nation’s business sector. Only the South’s cotton industry survived and even prospered since cotton was over one-half of the nation’s exports. Their success further antagonized the Northern animosity toward slavery.

By mid-October unemployment was 40,000 in New York. The number were high in Philadelphia and Boston, too. On Oct 14th the nation’s banking system collapsed. The Bank of New York, the city’s oldest and strongest bank, failed with 17 other leading banks. The other banks in New York City closed for two months from mid-October to mid-December.

The mayor of New York began relief measures by purchasing flour and selling it at cost. He hoped that public works projects like grading the streets, the Central Park, and the Reservoir would stimulate the economy. With winter approaching despair set in. Businessmen committed suicide. The middle-class began moving into tenement sections, and the hungry mobs marched on Wall Street to demand that they circulate the millions of dollars they were hoarding their vaults.

In December the economic experts were saying that the panic was totally unjustified. The banks had enough money on hand to meet any withdrawal run on their deposits. The Secretary of the US Treasury stated that New York banks had never been sounder. Then, what caused the mass hysteria? Why the money crisis? Had rumors lead to ruin?

Historians and economic analysts always like the boom-to-bust cycle for an explanation. Naturally, over-speculation is another popular accusation to blame. Another cause is the unsound banking practices which had little federal monitoring. Tariffs and limits on money and credit are always criteria for depressions, too. Even the lack of opportunity for the poor is used as a justifiable reason.

However, our forefathers in earlier generations and not just church leaders had an opinion that the panic had a Divine Hand of retribution because of the idolatry of money. Samuel I. Prime, editor of the New York Observer, wrote that the panic was “a judgment.” He, along with other contemporaries, found the cause in a lust for mammon accompanying the Gold Rush and the rapid industrialization. Twenty year later C. L. Thompson wrote “We were becoming a people without God in the world. In His providence the greed of gain was preparing its own remedy. A financial crash that shook all the monetary centers fell upon us.” In J. Edwin Orr’s posthumous book The Event of the Century, he boldly argued that the panic was not a cause of the prayer revival. The strongest argument to refute the “bank-panic revival” title was the timetable of events. On the day of the crash Oct 14th only about 100 participated in the prayer meeting. There was no dramatic increase in attendance during the crisis which ended on December 15th. But it must be noted that there was a vast multiplication of the Fulton Street meetings during the two month crisis. In January, 1858 excitement had spread across the nation and the press began reporting a “Businessman’s Revival.”

Resolution

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RESOLUTIONS
by Jonathan Edwards

    • Resolved, That I will do whatsoever I think to be most to the glory of God and my own good, profit, and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriads of ages hence.
    • Resolved, To do whatever I think to be my duty, and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general.
    • Resolved, Never to lose one moment of time, but to improve it in the most profitable way I possibly can.
    • Resolved, To live with all my might while I do live.
    • Resolved, Never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.
    • Resolved, To be endeavoring to find out fit objects of liberality and charity.
    • Resolved, Never to do anything out of revenge.
    • Resolved, Never to suffer the least motions of anger towards irrational beings.
    • Resolved, Never to speak evil of any one so that it shall tend to his dishonor, more or less, upon no account except for some real good.
    • Resolved, That I will live so as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.
    • Resolved, To live so at all times, as I think is best in my most devout frames, and when I have the clearest notions of the things of the gospel and another world.
    • Resolved, To maintain the strictest temperance in eating and drinking.
    • Resolved, Never to do anything which, if I should see in another, I should count a just occasion to despise him for, or to think any way the more meanly of him.
    • Resolved, To study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly, and frequently as that I may find, and plainly perceive, myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.
    • Resolved, Never to count that a prayer, nor to let that pass as a prayer, nor that as a petition of a prayer, which is so made that I cannot hope that God will answer it; nor that as a confession which I cannot hope God will accept.
    • Resolved, Never to say anything at all against anybody, but when it is perfectly agreeable to the highest degree of Christian honor, and of love to mankind, agreeable to the lowest humility and sense of my own faults and failings, and agreeable to the golden rule; often, when I have said anything against any one, to bring it to, and try it strictly by, the test of this resolution.
    • Resolved, In narrations, never to speak anything but the pure and simple verity.
    • Resolved, Never to speak evil of any, except I have some particular good call to it.
    • Resolved, To inquire every night, as I am going to bed, wherein I have been negligent–what sin I have committed–and wherein I have denied myself; also, at the end of every week, month, and year.
    • Resolved, Never to do anything of which I so much question the lawfulness as that I intend, at the same time, to consider and examine afterwards whether it be lawful or not; unless I as much question the lawfulness of the omission.
    • Resolved, To inquire every night, before I go to bed, whether I have acted in the best way I possibly could with respect to eating and drinking.
    • Resolved, Never to allow the least measure of any fretting or uneasiness at my father and mother. Resolved, to suffer no effects of it, so much as in the least alteration of speech, or motion of my eye; and to be especially careful of it with respect to any of our family.
    • On the supposition that there never was to be but one individual in the world, at any one time, who was properly a complete Christian, in all respects of a right stamp, having Christianity always shining in its true lustre, and appearing excellent and lovely, from whatever part and under whatever character viewed: Resolved, to act just as I would do if I strove with all my might to be that one, who should live in my time.

Jeanne Wilkersons Prophecy Of Revival In San Francisco

Last weekend I was listening to a message by Jeanne Wilkerson on cFaith. The message was from way back in the late 70’s early 80’s.

I had never heard her speak before but had heard her mentioned many times by Brother Hagin and other folks I respect, so when saw one of her messages online I was really excited.

During her message she mentioned in passing that the Lord had given her a word for all of the states in the USA. So I was wondering to myself…uuummmm I wonder what He said about my state of California?

Today a friend of my wife sent her this recording of Sister Jeanne talking about that very thing and she had a word regarding the city I’ve been assigned to, San Francisco.

Faith That Lives Int part1