FMI REPORT – APRIL
is Awake! THE APOSTOLIC REVOLUTION, Europe vs. America AND LAYING
THE AXE TO THE ROOT OF RACISM IN NEW JERSEY
THINGS ARE OF GOOD REPORT... THINK
ON THESE THINGS" PHIL. 4:8
a pleasure it is to be in touch with you again.
In This Month's Report:
* Editorial - We challenge the present power of fear in the world.
* Feedback - Some great testimonies of God's power working.
* April Events - Some of the events we were involved in.
* April Ministry - Our ministry activities over the last month.
* Resources - Get a copy of Rich Marshall's great book "God@Work" through our website (see link below).
* Partnership - Invest in God's program for the Northeast of America.
We would love to hear from you, so send us your feedback today. Don’t forget the ever-popular GOD 'THOUGHTS' at the end of this report. Enjoy! JB
Sleep Peacefully, God is
courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones;
when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task,
to sleep in peace. God is awake." - Victor Hugo
Fear is a paralyzing power. In recent times, it has almost bankrupted
the global airline industry, hampered the US Postal Service because of
the anthrax scare, hindered the economy, given the world a new syndrome
called SARS and in too many cases, even stopped folk from leaving the
house. Since 9/11, fear has reached new heights. It causes confusion and
chaos, which in turn lead to insecurity. America has declared war
against one of its manifestations, terrorism! In one spiritual sense,
this recent war in Iraq can be seen as America going up against the
Prince of Persia (see Daniel 10:12-14), the same spiritual prince that
Gabriel told Daniel he needed help from Michael, another archangel, to
overcome. And this was after a three week spiritual war, interestingly
enough, the same length of time as Gulf War Two.
THE BASE OF BABYLON
Iraq is the cradle of biblical civilization. It is the site of the
Garden of Eden, the original home of Abraham, and the base of Babylon.
The word 'Babylon' means chaos and confusion, from the incident where
God confounded the tongues of the inhabitants of the city (see Genesis
11:9). However, Daniel is told by the angel, “Go your way, Daniel, for
the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end. Many shall
be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly;
and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall
understand." (Daniel 12:9-10). If we are indeed living in the 'time
of the end’ and the books are being unsealed, should it be any
surprise to us that the same Prince of Persia might be active again
today, intent on enlarging his influence to global proportions through
global terrorist networks originating in the Middle East?
STAMPEDING THE HERD
Fear has another subtle, but equally powerful ally in the West to do
its bidding. Just as electrical power needs the medium of power lines to
travel to your light bulb, so fear needs the electronic media to spread
to you through your TV set! The very nature of our media system forbids
it from presenting a comprehensive view of the truth. In the
never-ending search for the pot of ratings at the end of the rainbow,
media outlets bombard us constantly with limited perspectives that give
us a distorted view of the truth, which can raise the fear level, easily
stampeding a nervous American herd. On media distortion, Don Feder
comments, "Less than 30% of the American people agree with [the
anti-war movement]... but the movement reflects the mentality of the
Left – which exerts an influence in this country out of all proportion
to its numbers. The ideologues of the anti-war movement have their
counterparts in Hollywood, academia, public education and the news
media.... Their dogma fills our airwaves, newspapers, public school
classrooms and college lecture halls. Ladies and gentleman, I urge you
to support our troops by fighting for America on the home front – by
confronting and refuting the toxic lies of an anti-American elite that
cloaks its evil in idealism. As our troops are willing to brave bullets
on the battlefield, you must be willing to brave scorn and derision to
tell the truth about America...."
THE TRUTH ABOUT AMERICA
Canadian television commentator, Gordon Sinclair, recently said,
"This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as
the most generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the
earth. Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were
lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans, who poured in billions
of dollars and forgave other billions in debts…. The Marshall Plan and
the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars into discouraged countries….”
Australia and New Zealand were saved from an imminent Japanese invasion
sixty years ago by thousands of young American men who went to their
aid, many never returning. It would be a different world, a much worse
one, without America.
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE STATE
One of C. S. Lewis' profundities simplifies the issue of the State:
"The State exists simply to promote and to protect the ordinary
happiness of human beings in this life. A husband and wife chatting over
a fire, a couple of friends having a game of darts in a pub, a man
reading a book in his own room or digging in his own garden – that is
what the State is there for. And unless they are helping to increase and
prolong and protect such moments, all the laws, parliaments, armies,
courts, police, economics, etc., are simply a waste of time."
THE TRUTH ABOUT US!
"Children, don't be fooled. Anyone who does right is good, just like Christ himself. Anyone who keeps on sinning belongs to the devil. He has sinned from the beginning, but the Son of God came to destroy all that he has done. God's children cannot keep on being sinful. His life-giving power lives in them and makes them his children, so that they cannot keep on sinning. You can tell God's children from the devil's children, because those who belong to the devil refuse to do right or to love each other."
(1 John 3:7-10 Contemporary English Version).
The world is full of good people and not so good people. It's
got nothing to do with being Iraqi or American; sin and salvation know
no national boundaries. Those who are not so good have just surrendered
to their lower nature. Many times they give in without even a fight.
Those who are more good than bad continue to fight, knowing full well
that they may stumble, but they are determined never to surrender to the
dark side. Their weapons are discipline, control, prayer and intimacy
with God. When these things are in place, we can sleep peacefully
knowing that God is awake.
"Hi Jeff, What a time we are living in....all the things you spoke about over a decade ago are seeming to be approaching pretty quick. What a shake up especially in church and Christian homes. I often think of you and all you had shared with us. God bless you for your foresight and preparing us not to be too shocked of what is to come.
I can't believe I am hearing all this stuff on radio tonight. Tony Blair was speaking about the rift between Europe and America with the influence from France, for Europe to be the rival centre of power...what can I say ...you already know.
Thank you Jeff for imparting so much to so many of us... God bless you and your family and the special work you do. With richest
Pastor Jeff, At a January meeting, you gave a prophetic word to us
for an increase in finance. I wanted to let you know that since that
time, I've just received my second raise. I didn't know that it was
being awarded to me and it showed up in my paycheck shortly after our
meeting. Government workers were also told that we would most likely
receive no increase in pay due to the impending war. I am very
grateful for my position and grateful to God for placing me here, so no
pay increase for the year was of no consequence to me. But today in my
office mail, I received a notice from personnel that the President just
passed an increase for government workers in response to our efforts to
support the mission and military during this ongoing war effort. Praise
God! This is the first time in 3 1/2 years since my husband left me that
I not only have enough to get by, but have had enough left over to start
paying bills off and still have money left in my account. I had been
worrying about the money that I owed to the church building fund,
repairs on my house that had been neglected due to lack of funds, and
hoping that my 9 year old car wouldn't begin to break down. This month,
I managed to pay all of my bills, have some major repairs completed on
my home and still found over $600.00 in my checking account when I went
to the bank. Hallelujah! Life is so busy that we sometimes don't
follow-up with the people that God uses to give us His word and
encouragement. I just wanted to let you know that for me, His word has
become manifest. God Bless You, Your Family and Your Ministry, (name
City Covenant Coalition
held its third annual Pastors and
Leaders Master Strategies conference entitled
'The Apostolic Revolution.' By all accounts, the event was a
Dr. David Ireland presented a comprehensive and academic
apologetic on the Ministry of the Apostle that laid the foundation for
ensuing speakers (His presentation alone was worth the whole
conference!). We had in total 13 workshops dealing with an array of
practical ministry issues taught by some of the most seasoned ministers
in the New York region. (For example, after
Pastor Bob Johansson’s session on fathering, some in
attendance desired that he open up a school to mentor pastors in this
Dr. David Cartledge’s ministry during the Leadership Luncheon
had a profound effect on all present. One noted pastor commented on how
he finally understood apostolic ministry for the first time in his
life... The night services again demonstrated the incredible unity and
camaraderie among many of the key leaders and churches in our region. In
that service we honored some of the “unsung heroes” of the faith-
the bridge builders of our city (Mackenzie Pier, Robert Stearns,
Frank Dupree, Glen Kleinknecht, David Van Fleet, Vince Fusco, Andy Puleo,
Victor Nazario, Roderick Caesar, Dennis Bambino, Richard Del Rio, Marcos
Rivera). This was followed by another powerful message by Dr. David
Cartledge who prophesied over the New York region saying “New York is
the most important city in terms of affecting the rest of the world.
That the attack on our city on 9/11 was an attack on the symbols of freedom
and liberty and on Christianity itself! That what we were seeing that
day was the beginning of a great move of God that is beginning in New
York and will spread to the whole nation!” Throughout the day there
was a strong sense of unity, camaraderie, purpose, and that the church
in our region is in the midst of a profound paradigm change that will
affect the way we see and do church! Sponsors included: COPI, WWDJ/WMCA,
Love Express, and the City Covenant Coalition Churches.
Dr. Joseph Mattera, Director CCC"
"The recent FAITH Alliance meeting in Tennent, N.J. hosted
Jim and Faith Chosa, apostles of native American descent. It was a powerful night of territorial breakthrough as strong worship, repentance, and declarative authority were released, laying an axe to the roots of racism and division in our state. The location was carefully selected for this warring – worship as the first place in America where African
Americans (slaves) worshipped along with the white people, where David Brainerd
brought communion to the indigenous natives, and where Whitefield, Edwards and others brought revival to the region. This wellspring is now dug again. Watch the waters bring healing to the land!
Pastor Walt Healy, FAITH Alliance"
month we ministered at the following churches:
6th - Grace
Outreach Fellowship, Norwalk CT, Pastor Mike Kurtzman.
Sun 13th – Crossway Christian Center, Bronx NY, Pastor Mark
Sun 20th - The Church Of Grace and Peace, Toms River NJ, Pastor
Thurs 24th – Faith Alliance Meeting, Toms River NJ.
Frid 25th - CCC Conference "Master Strategies - The
Apostolic Revolution,” Calvary Cathedral of Praise, Brooklyn NY.
Sun 27th - Bernardsville Abundant Life Worship Center,
Bernardsville NJ, Pastor Peter Roselle.
"Jeff - It was wonderful having you minister the Word to our congregation this past Sunday. Our people received an apostolic impartation that helped them look beyond the scope of our region and see that we are part of a much larger Body of believers. Your call to commitment was answered by virtually all in attendance and I know this will bear long-lasting fruit for the Kingdom of God. We believe strongly in your vision of uniting the churches in the Northeast to fulfill the prayer of Jesus that we would be one (John 17:20-22)
'...that the world may believe that the Father sent Jesus.' We highly recommend your ministry to any church seeking revival in the Northeast.
Pastor Peter Roselle, Bernardsville Abundant Life Worship Center, NJ."
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