FMI REPORT– JAN 2004
PASSION DEATH THREATS,
WARNING FOR NEW YORK, CHURCH AND STATE ROOTS WITHERED,
AND WALKING WITH JONATHAN EDWARDS
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REPORT... THINK ON THESE THINGS" PHIL. 4:8
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In This Month's
* Editorial - "Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die!"
* Feedback - great testimonies of God's power at work
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BEACHAM'S EDITORIAL – Cross
Your Heart and Hope to Die!
The title of this editorial mimics the question young
people used to ask their friends in order to guarantee that they
were telling the truth. But it actually could be a play on words
for what Jesus did for us on Calvary. His heart was broken as He
bore the sin of the world on the Cross, willing to
die to pay the price, doing it all "for the joy set before Him"
THE POWER OF THE PASSION
This coming month sees the release of Mel
Gibson's film "The Passion of the Christ." It centers around the
twelve hours prior to
Christ's crucifixion on the cross. Having had the opportunity to
view the film at a special preview, I agree with many others
that this movie could be the most powerful evangelistic
tool ever produced. Centering around His 'passion'
(suffering), the world will be confronted once again with the
timeless and 'irrational' message of the
ultimate sacrifice made by the Son of God. This movie is
profoundly moving, and although the answer is obvious to the
spiritually enlightened, we can still ask the question
- why is there so much controversy and why have Mel
Gibson and Jim Caviezel, who plays Jesus, recently received
death threats? The answer is that this film has the potential to
spark off a widespread revival, something that anti-God forces
would do anything to stop.
VICTORY OUT OF DEFEAT
to the cross, Christ's
example to us of sacrificial leadership had
the initial appearance of utter defeat. Thus the message of the
Gospel was greeted with ridicule when it was first preached 2,000
years ago, when the prevalent world view was that 'might is
right!' The concept of victory by denial ("...let him deny
himself, and take up his cross..." Mark 8:34) just did not wash
with that culture. ("For
the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are
perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of
God." 1 Corinthians 1:18) In order to 'understand' this message,
you had to have a spiritual awakening, and even then, it could
only be accepted by faith ("For since, in
the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it
pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to
save those who believe [have
Corinthians 1: 21, "But the natural man does not receive the
things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him;
nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
But he who is spiritual judges all things..." 1 Corinthians
The Pharisees negated their leadership by
placing burdens on the people that they were not prepared to
carry themselves. Jesus scolded them for this, as recorded in
Matthew 23:2-4, “...The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’
seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe
and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say,
and do not do. For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and
lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move
them with one of their fingers." True leadership leads by
example. Judges 9:48-49 gives us an outstanding lesson in this,
"Then Abimelech went up to Mount Zalmon, he and all the people
who were with him. And Abimelech took an ax in his hand and cut
down a bough from the trees, and took it and laid it on his
shoulder; then he said to the people who were with him, 'What
you have seen me do, make haste and do as I have done.' So each
of the people likewise cut down his own bough and followed
Abimelech...." Laying the 'bough...on his shoulder'
foreshadows the lead of Christ taking up His cross.
DENIAL IS NOT A RIVER IN EGYPT
In Mark 8:34-38, Jesus proclaims the
'irrational' idea that true and everlasting life can only be
obtained through denial of self, a concept that has been lost in
our modern consumer culture that relies on self-gratification.
"...Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and
take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save
his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake
and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if
he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a
man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me
and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him
the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory
of His Father with the holy angels."
WHERE YOU GO, I WILL FOLLOW
Jesus did not expect us to go anywhere
except where He Himself had already been. He was "the
firstborn from the dead" (Colossians 1:18), or as Paul put
it, "...the Christ would suffer, that He would be the first
to rise from the dead” (Acts 26:23). Although we all want to
follow Jesus into eternal life and rise from the dead, many of
us miss the obvious; if you want to rise, first you have to die!
Denial is not a popular message to the western church, and the
truth was no more popular with the religious leaders of Jesus'
day. But one thing is certain! The truth never changes, so let
us take up our cross and begin to walk our own road to Calvary -
for the joy set before us!
"Dear Pastor Jeff, I thank God for
you and your family, and I wish you all a happy
and prosperous new year. I receive newsletters from your
ministry knowing about the activities you undertake monthly.
From this I'm really blessed and may God continue to bless you
and the ministry. Thank you and may the Lord richly bless you.
In Him, Oteaka Swen."
SHEETS AND CHUCK PIERCE WARN NYC TO CONNECT OR ELSE!
- City Covenant Coalition
and the New York Strategic Prayer Network co-sponsored
the recent '50 State Tour' visit to New York City. This
was the 33rd state that Chuck and Dutch have visited so
far. Joseph & Vonnie Askins, USSPN New York State
Coordinators, sent this report, "It was a 'whirlwind' time which
began in Brooklyn,
New York on Thursday evening the 15th,
where the greater New York City body of Christ gathered and
received an impartation to shift us from being an 'Empire State'
to His Kingdom State! The watchword was 'CONNECT' which was
repeated at every gathering;
that we needed to connect as a whole rather than
to continue to operate as separate parts. This doesn't mean that
every Christian was going to connect but rather a remnant would
connect and God would release authority to the remnant to
legislate in the heavenlies. God is going to judge this state of
New York by our willingness to come together and 'worship' at
different times throughout the year regardless of the
circumstances! It was a blessing to see how many came together
in spite of the snow and record cold that hit New York City."
THE ROOT OF SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
- John & Sheryl Price of the New
Jersey Strategic Prayer Network sent this report about the
of Church and State Prayer Initiative, a cooperative effort
of several NJ Prayer ministries and apostolic networks,
including Pray NJ, NJSPN, FAITH Alliance, Metro Ministries and
others. "Over 100 ministers, ministry leaders and
intercessors gathered in Ewing, NJ to repent for this scourge on
our nation. In 1943, a man from Ewing, NJ, with the help of the
ACLU, was the first to initiate a law suit against a governing
body, demanding that they cease to use public school buses to
transport children to Catholic schools. Since that time this
case has been cited in every major lawsuit filed against the U.S.
Government concerning the removal of the Bible, prayer and God
from our schools and daily lives....
After a time of repentance to root out and tear down that which
had been built to oppress the people of NJ and our nation, we
then moved into 12 apostolic declarations to rebuild the wall of
righteousness and Godly authority in our state. Each time a
declaration was made, a stone from the Jordan River was placed
strategically to build a wall representing the new thing God is
doing. These twelve stones were then sent to the center of our
state, Jackson, NJ, to stand as a memorial of what took place
that day. Now we will begin to look for the fruit of this
initiative. Please join us in calling it forth, a great harvest,
in the state of NJ."
month we were at the following churches and events:
Sun 4th - Tues 6th - Pioneer Valley AG, Huntington, MA,
Pastor John Leslie
Wed 7th - Harvest Army Church International, the
Bronx, NY, Bishop Keith
Sun 11th - The Church of
Grace and Peace, Toms
River, NJ, Pastor Walt
Thur 15th -Fri 16th – CCC Co-sponsored
50 State Tour with Dutch
Sheets and Chuck Pierce,
Sun 18th - Evangel Church, Long Island City, NY, Pastor
Tues 20th - Separation of
Church and State Prayer
Event, Ewing, NJ
Sun 25th - Grace Outreach Fellowship, Norwalk,
CT, Pastor Mike Kurtzman
Mon 26th to Wed 28th – Concerts
of Prayer, Greater New
York Pastor’s Prayer Summit, Mt.
Early in January, I
had the privilege of ministering in Western Massachusetts, very
close to where the Great Awakening broke out in Northampton
through the ministry of Jonathan Edwards. While I was there, we
visited the church where Edwards ministered (see right).
Following are some testimonies from the meetings we had in this
"Hello Jeff, First, thank you for your time at PVAG in
Huntington, MA. I was able to make it to most of the meetings
and was ministered to greatly. It was very encouraging to me as
well as many of the things you spoke confirmed what God has been
speaking to my heart, especially with the older/boomer/younger
generations. Hope you enjoyed your tour of Jonathan Edwards' and
David Brainerd's preaching grounds. D. L. Moody's base is not
too far from here either! Hope you will be back again! Blessings
on you, your family, and your ministry! Sharon Frankel"
"Hello Mr. Jeff Beacham, I don't know if you remember me
at Pioneer Valley Assembly of God in Huntington, MA the first
week of January? I just wanted to tell you that ever since you
came to our church, my life has changed. God has been talking to
me extensively. And the message that I received from him was in
Psalm 118:8. And I'll tell you how this all happened: A few
months ago my friend's mom showed me this verse and I was
extremely hit with the power and huge message that it had in it.
Anyway God has been reminding me of this verse. And just
yesterday I remembered that verse while I was in the middle of
witnessing to one of my friends.... Then during Bible study with
my mom Psalm 118:8 came up again and I looked in the Bible and
found all these other verses that followed. Then God told me
that this is a message that He wants me to spread to people....
God Bless. Keep up the good work! Korina Carlson"
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