Saturday, November 19, 2005

From the church in Israel

Nov 18, 2005 4:56 PM

From the Church in Israel
Francis Frangipane

Israel is the epicenter of many of the world's events. Indeed, what happens in the Holy Land can cause powerful shock waves around the world. Daily, we are deluged by reports from newsrooms about Israel.  As we in the church have learned to care more for the Jewish people, we have become more sensitive to how the nation of Israel views us. We are even concerned about the viewpoints of the Orthodox Jews as well as the positions and threats of Israel's Islamic enemies.  Added to this sea of voices and opinions, we also listen to the teachings of evangelical preachers, calling us to pray for the peace and protection of the Jewish people.  All of this is good and acceptable.  However, most of us have yet to hear from the actual leaders of the evangelical church in Israel.

Thus, on a recent trip to the Holy Land, I made it a point to visit with a number of Israeli pastors.  I was so impressed with their love, faith and humility that I asked them if they would issue a statement that might, in some way, express their hearts to the wider body of Christ, especially to the church in America, but also throughout the world.  The pastors with whom I spoke were, in fact, representatives of a larger group of around 70 leaders.  As I listened to their hearts, it was easy to see that these were believers in pursuit of Christ's character.  Although they came from a variety of church backgrounds, their hearts were steadfastly united in Christ, and they are individuals given to prayer and evangelism. 

I believe Christianity needs to hear the voice of the church in Israel.  Thus, in the months ahead, my hope is to feature the perspectives and insights from leaders serving Christ in the Holy Land.  Indeed, I was blessed to learn that, when major hurricanes struck the Gulf Coast of the USA, these leaders did not automatically judge and condemn the United States.  Instead, they focused their congregations on redemptive prayer for America.  As I listened to them, I was deeply impressed that the church in Israel was truly growing into the spiritual temple of God (Eph 2:21-22; 1 Cor 3:16).  In a very moving way, I felt the significance of a genuine holy reality - as big a miracle of grace as the restoration of Israel itself.  The church in Israel was praying for believers in America and around the world.  They were truly becoming "a house of prayer for all nations."   

With the memory of Hurricane Katrina in mind, they sent this greeting:

To the Church in America,

Shalom. We are a body of leaders in Israel who would like to express our hearts concerning the tragic events which took place in America due to recent hurricanes. Please help us connect with as many of our brothers and sisters as possible by forwarding this letter to the Body of Messiah throughout the different churches in the USA.

First of all, please accept our apologies for not responding earlier. Sometimes the sheer enormity of these events leaves one at a loss for meaningful words. We are struck by the weight of the catastrophes which hit the Gulf States of the southern U.S. and by the resulting distress and suffering of so many people. We feel earnest sorrow for the great loss of life and livelihood; and we would like to assure our brothers and sisters in America of our love and prayers, as we earnestly beseech our God to intervene in this situation. We consider it important to let you know that we are standing with you in this critical hour, wanting to express our sympathy and brotherly friendship and taking the opportunity to utter our thanks for the American believers' faithfulness concerning their relationship to Israel. How often in years past have we received your intensive support in prayer and in generous giving!

Our main reason for wanting to extend comfort to you is the simple fact that you are our brothers and sisters in the Lord. In addition, God has used America again and again to provide assistance to Israel as a nation. We are bound together on many levels. "And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it…" (1Corinthians 12:26).

At the same time it is our prayer that God will use this season of shaking as a new awakening of the American church, as well as the nation. May He impart His heart and thoughts to His people in more meaningful ways than in any previous generation. May His kingdom break through in new and bigger dimensions - within the United States and, through selfless American Christians, across the entire world! For it is written, "in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who are the called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28).

Israel - as God's chosen people and the firstborn among the nations - has experienced a history of much shaking, even to the degree of judgment (a history that has not yet come to an end). But we know that the reason for this is God's holy love and divine calling. He disciplines the ones he loves (Hebrews 12:6). The United States has been considered by all a favored nation, used mightily by God and blessed for her missionary work and for standing by Israel through the years. She has been given abundant material and spiritual blessings. She sees herself as the leader of the world. It is only to be expected that such a nation will be held accountable to a higher standard of righteousness. We want to encourage you to shine brightly amidst a darkening world. In this sense of blessing, calling and responsibility there are strong parallels between our nations, highlighting God's principle that "from everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked" (Luke 12:48).

We pray that your ear would be next to God's heart in the midst of the calamities which have stricken your great nation. May you tangibly experience His presence in every trying hour. Through the tears, may you and your nation experience the richness of God's mercy. May He be glorified in your courageous and compassionate response.

We love and appreciate you. We are with you.

Your brothers in Yeshua our Messiah,
Arthur Goldberg
Calev Myers
Marcel Rebiai
Eitan Shishkoff
Evan Thomas
Daniel YahavAvi Mizrachi
Howard Bass
Wayne Hilsden
Dan Juster
Asher Intrater
(And many others who were not available to sign this letter).

For more information on how you can support the emerging church in Israel, please contact Gratefully Grafted.

history lesson

Nov 19, 2005 9:20 AM

When the last American military unit was withdrawn in 1973, the Viet Cong had been defeated and the North Vietnamese army checkmated. For the next two years, "South Vietnam held its own courageously and respectably against a better-bankrolled enemy," Laird writes in the current Foreign Affairs. "Given enough outside resources, South Vietnam was capable of defending itself." Instead, "we grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory [in 1975] when Congress cut off the funding for South Vietnam that had allowed it to continue to fight on its own. . . . Without U.S. funding, South Vietnam was quickly overrun." It was a stunning and unnecessary defeat for America and for a free Vietnam. And the lesson is clear: A war can be won on the ground overseas and lost in Washington.
from Vietnam Flashbacks by Fred Barns


Friday, November 11, 2005

Prayer needed for 21 month old


The mother, Leigh Ann, is a volunteer at our crisis pregnancy center.  She is a nurse and performs the ultrasounds for the abortion-minded clients on medical nights.  She has just had a baby within the last two months and was taking the baby to the check-up, leaving the toddler at the baby-sitter's.  The toddler fell on the floor, hitting the back of his head.  He was unconscious when he fell.  They rushed him to the hospital and he had to have a tube inserted because he could not breathe on his own.  They have flown him to Carle Clinic in Champaign because there is a pediatric neurologist there.  He does have a brain hemorrhage. 
Thank you for all the prayers.  We need a miracle.

Tennessee school shooting prayer request




Prayer Requests And You Expecting Results.


Special Prayer Request: Just this week a 15 year old student in Tennessee went to the office area with a napkin covering his hand.  The administrators went to his aid and he shot them. All three: Gary Seale, Jimmy Pearce, and Ken Bruce were critically injured. Gary and Jimmy were members of our Partner Association, PET.  Mr. Bruce died almost instantly, but the other two disarmed the student before collapsing and then were life-flighted to an area Medical Center.


Pray for all involved in this tragedy and that even out of this senseless act the Lord will bring victories.




David & Deborah Williams

Mid-Oklahoma Area Directors

Christian Educators    580-512-4432

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Monday, November 07, 2005

opportunity to be heard

If you are interested preventing the attempted blocking of  Presidential nominee, Ellen Sauerbrey, this link will provide you with an easy opportunity to contact your senators.
be blessed

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Intercession & the Supreme Court

November 5, 2005

Lou Engle: History Belongs to the Intercessor!

Justice House of Prayer

Months before the recent shifts in the Supreme Court, the Lord made it clear through numerous prophetic voices that the composition of the Court was about to change and that if the Church would seize the window of opportunity that had been blown open, we could see "judges restored as at the first."

Two weeks prior to the nomination of John Roberts, one of our young interns had a dream that a man named John Roberts was placed on the Supreme Court. This young lady had no idea at the time who John Roberts was, but she told her dream to our group anyway.

After some research, we found out that John Roberts was a possible replacement -- though at the time he was only a long-shot -- for the Supreme Court should any Supreme Court Justice step down. Thus, when Sandra Day O'Connor stepped down and John Roberts was placed as her replacement, we were not surprised, but we still could not help but marvel at God's desire to reveal his secret counsel to his friends on earth.

We believe, and still believe, that Roberts is God's man for this hour. Even if Roberts were to hold opinions contrary to the will of God, if the Church continues to pray for him, God's Kingdom will come, and His will will be done through Chief Justice John Roberts.

His Will Be Done

Then, when President Bush nominated Harriet Miers to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on October 3, we at the Justice House of Prayer (D.C.) sought the Lord for His confirmation concerning Ms. Miers. For four weeks, we intensely cried out to the Lord for revelation concerning the Supreme Court nominee. Phone call after phone call and email after email poured into our office asking us for what the Lord was speaking to us and what our thoughts were concerning Harriet Miers' nomination.

However, for those four weeks, the Lord had kept us continually seeking him for the word of faith in our hearts over the situation of the Court without any real, clear word. We told all inquirers to pray that God's kingdom would come and His will would be done in the situation. During this time, we talked to many different prophetic voices around the nation, but none seemed to have any real sense as to the word of the Lord over the situation. Frankly, that was one of the most difficult seasons of intercession for us at JHOP.

However, during those four weeks, I was in Iowa with a few of my close friends and family seeking the Lord for wisdom on the situation. I continually brought before the group the need for the Lord to speak to us about Harriet Miers. During this trip, on October 21, my friend Chris B. had two simple dreams that we did not fully understand at the time, but they are now clear to us.

In the first dream, the Lord showed Chris the dimly lit stage of a school called Dominion Christian School, where he used to be a teacher. However, in the dream, the stage was enlarged, and there were thousands of "prodigals" returning to the stage of that school.

We believe that the Lord was speaking to us through the dream that the stage was being set for "Dominion" Christianity to be restored to the Body of Christ. For years, the Church has acquiesced the earth realm to the forces of darkness, but now, the Lord was clearly speaking to us to recover the Dominion mandate and prevail in prayer over wickedness (Please know that we are not necessarily advocating Dominion theology. We simply believe that the Lord is saying that he is restoring the attitude and position of "domination" in prayer over darkness).

Samuel Alito -- "New Jersey"

In the second dream, the Lord spoke to Chris specifically about the Supreme Court. In the dream, he was shown that a "New Jersey" was being placed on the Court. At the time, the dream made no sense to us since Harriet Miers had already been nominated to the Supreme Court. But in Chris' dream, the "New Jersey" was not Harriet Miers. Because the dream was nonsensical to us at the time, we filed it away for more prayer.

Only a week later, when Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination to the Court, we knew that the Lord had spoken to us through Chris' dreams, but we were still not entirely sure what or who the "New Jersey" was. The Scriptures make it clear that exaltation comes not from the east nor the west, "But God is the judge; it is He who puts down one and exalts another" (Psalm 70:6-7).

Thus, this past weekend, when we received the reports that Samuel Alito, FROM NEW JERSEY, would be President Bush's new nominee, we knew that God was orchestrating the entire episode. I feel that the Lord has revealed to us the person who is to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court of the United States. We believe that Lord is saying through those series of dreams that the Church is to cry out for the Lord's Dominion over the Supreme Court and the Alito nomination.

Because of the words the Lord has continually spoken to me and to the prophetic voices around the nation, I believe that the Lord intends to end abortion and restore righteousness and justice back to our nation. Thus, the question we ask should not be what the consequences will be if Judge Samuel Alito holds opinions contrary to the will of God. Instead, the question we ask should be what will the consequences be if the Church fails to respond to the Lord's promptings for intercession for this man and the Supreme Court. Ultimately, the responsibility of the Supreme Court belongs to the Church.

As I write this, my company of young intercessors has embarked on another extended season of continual (24 hours a day until the confirmation process is complete) worship and intercession for the destiny of our nation . While we are only few in numbers here in Washington, D.C., these young adults understand the urgency of the hour in which we now live and are crying out to the Lord for "speedy justice" and for the kingdom of God to be manifested in this present, throbbing moment.

The Church of America has fought too long and hard to relent and ease back now. So often after fighting long and hard battles, the Church is deceived into complacency and self-satisfaction. Now is not the hour to hold back. I am calling for the body of Christ around the United States and the nations to press in through fasting and intercession for the situation concerning the Supreme Court.

All these years of prayer for the ending of abortion and the erosion of righteousness and justice in this nation hangs in the balance. Now, it is our turn to respond in prayer and fasting -- to lay a hold of God's eternal purposes for the Supreme Court and ultimately, the destiny of this nation. Our response now will determine our future tomorrow. History is shaped by the intercessor!

Lou Engle
Justice House of Prayer