FMI REPORT–NOV 2003
ASSASSINS TARGET PASTOR OF 300,000, CROSSING THE LINE!
THINGS ARE OF GOOD REPORT... THINK ON THESE THINGS" PHIL. 4:8
a pleasure it is to be in touch with you again. First, we would like to
thank all those of you who have been forwarding these messages to their
friends and family.
In This Month's
* Editorial - "...And Justice for Keeps"
* Feedback - great testimonies of God's power at work
* Nov. Events - some of the events we were involved with
* Nov. Ministry - our ministry activities over the last month
* Tips and Resources - Creation Science Evangelism
* Products - order "Crossing the Line" (see link
* Partnership - invest in God's program for the Northeast of America
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Don’t forget the ever-popular 'GOD THOUGHTS' at the end of this report.
BEACHAM'S EDITORIAL – "....AND JUSTICE
In my September editorial I wrote about Moses' ministry to a disobedient
generation for forty years (see FMI
report Sept. '03). He led a people out of Egypt who wandered in the
wilderness until they all had died off and who would not see the inheritance
that the Lord had prepared for them. Joshua and Caleb were the only ones
from that generation considered worthy to cross over into the Promised Land.
A BROKEN PROMISE
22, 2003 marked the 40th anniversary of the assassination of President John
F Kennedy. Now considered by many to be America's second greatest President
next to Abraham Lincoln, at 46, he was one of the youngest presidents ever
to hold office. He was young, charismatic, good looking and had a beautiful
wife; he was the 'promise' of the baby boomer generation. But the world
changed forever that day in 1963. The 'hope' of that generation was
unceremoniously gunned down in Dealey Plaza. The unspoken message they
received was that if the world's most powerful
man could be killed in his prime, then anyone could die just as easily. This
shock to their immortality, spurred the boomers to become a 'now'
generation. This reaction created a ripe environment where many of the
social movements of the sixties would flourish. People wanted abortion now!
Their sexual revolution now! Their civil rights now! After 200
years, the cherished 'democratic' rights of the American individual were
beginning to be redefined.
MY OWN THING
Even though he was a Democrat, JFK would be considered a conservative by
today's standards. But it was a different world in 1963. The bubble of
fifties innocence burst with his assassination, and coupled with the Vietnam
War and Watergate controversies that followed, Americans developed a
deepening cynicism and mistrust of their government. This in turn sparked
off many of the social movements that established a new era for individual
rights. Most began with sincere people wanting to express genuine concerns
about certain inequities in the culture, but in most cases, eventually the
pendulum has swung too far in the other direction.
cry of “give me liberty, or give me death”, and the cost that the
original signers of The Declaration of Independence knew they would have to
pay, (often with their own blood) took place in the context of a young
nation endeavoring to establish a rightful separation from the tyranny of
British kings and bishops. After 1963, these noble sentiments began to
degenerate into a self-centered ‘pseudo-right’ to independently “…do
my own thing”, the ‘credo’ being; “Nobody has the right to tell me
what to do because I’m free!”
POWER OF ONE UNDUNE
JFK's assassination, our culture has been redefined and turned upside down!
Alan Caruba comments, "In a time when a single American atheist can get
the Supreme Court to consider his demand that the words 'under God' be
removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, the rest of us must pray that his
lawsuit fails. An Alabama judge whose Ten Commandments monument offended
someone has been censured. A U.S. Army lieutenant general who told people he
was proud to be a Christian had to promise to keep that to himself. The
message is clear - if you believe in God, for God's sake, keep it to
the same way, that the disobedient generation in the wilderness had to die
off before there would be any change, so it will be that there will be no
major change until the 'now' generation 'dies' off and a new generation
'crosses over' into a new time of promise for America. According to
WorldNetDaily, a new Gallup survey of teens finds 72 percent believe
abortion is morally wrong. "We're winning the struggle for hearts and
minds," Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics &
Religious Liberty Commission, told Baptist Press. "The young people are
more conservative than their parents."
Could the 40th anniversary of JFK's assassination be a sign to us that
things are about to change? I believe so! #
"Hi Jeff, Loved the
quote in your Sept.
e-mail editorial '...unless you have a cause worth dying for, you don't have
a life worth living for!' Life is good here in Sydney town.... (Hillsong)
Church is going great. We're growing. I'm fortunate enough to oversee the
cell groups for Frontline (the 25-35 yrs.
ministry) on the city
side. It's sooo great seeing people connected
and discipled & new leaders
exciting to hear how all you guys in NY/NJ are pulling together and
your influence is growing. Thinking of you as always. Love,
Kath Bartimote, Sydney, Australia."
Monday, November the 10th through Wednesday, November 12th, City Covenant
Coalition held its first ever Pastors’ Encounter in the New York
region with Pastors Cesar and Claudia Castellanos. Those of you who
are familiar with Pastor Cesar are aware that he is the person that God gave
the G12 (Government of Twelve) model for cell churches. Using this
model Pastor Cesar’s church went from 3,000 to 300,000 in only seven
years, even though Pastor Cesar had been out of the country most of that
time (because of an assassination attempt, he had to flee the country and
has been pastoring the church through his group of twelve). Those using the
G12 strategy have found they have tapped into the same method Jesus used in
building His church which has lasted for over 2,000 years. This event was by
invitation only and approximately 70 key leaders attended.
Last month we were at the
following churches and events:
9th - Abundant Life Worship Center, Whippany,
NJ, Pastor Joe Arminio
10th – Thur.
14th – Cromwell School of
Ministries, Baltimore, MD, Bishop Bart Pierce
16th - Glad Tidings Tabernacle, Mt.
NJ, Pastor Bill Brendel
20th - New Beginnings Christian Fellowship, Brick,
NJ, Pastor Joe Sorce
23th - Word of
Life Christian Ministries, Dover,
NJ, Pastor Linda Bellini
30th - Harvest Army Church International, Bronx,
NY, Bishop Keith Collins
"Dear Jeff: We were so blessed to have you minister at Glad
Tidings recently. As usual,
God moved in a powerful way through both the preaching of the Word and
laying on of hands around the altar. Lives were really changed in both of
those services. We will never forget the part of your message when you
gathered the older and younger generations at the altar. When you told the
older generation to pass the baton to the younger generation,
you could feel the very atmosphere of the church charged with the power of
that moment. It was so moving. God spoke to us in volumes. I don't think our
church will ever be the same for having that experience. We appreciate the
way you deliver the Word of God with such clarity and conviction. There is
no doubt but that God has raised you up and anointed you to speak to this
generation. We thank God for your powerful ministry. We look forward to
having you return because we receive a fresh Word from God every time.
Blessings, Pastor Bill Brendel, Glad Tidings Tabarnacle, Mt.
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