FMI REPORT - AUGUST 2005
Using Your Mouth?, Dutch and Welsh Feedback,
Cybersex Temptation and Spirituality in America
"WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE OF GOOD REPORT... THINK ON THESE THINGS"
a pleasure it is to be in touch with you again. The FMI Report
mainly documents the previous month's activities. We would like to
thank all of you who have been forwarding these messages to your
friends and family.
This Month's Report:
* Editorial -
Who's Using Your Mouth?
* Feedback - Amsterdam and Wales
* August Events - G12 Vision
* August Ministry - Featuring The Church of Grace and Peace
* Tips and Resources - Cybersex Temptation
* Products - Two New Resources (see link below)
* Partnership - Invest in God's Program for the Northeast of America
We would love to
hear from you; please send us your feedback today. Don’t forget the
ever-popular 'GOD THOUGHTS' at the end of this report. Enjoy!
EDITORIAL – Who's Using Your Mouth?
"'....Who do you say that I am?' Simon Peter
answered and said, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.'
Jesus answered and said to him, 'Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for
flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in
heaven.' ...From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He
must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief
priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. Then
Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, 'Far be it from
You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!' But He turned and said to
Peter, 'Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not
mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.'"
(Matthew 16:15-17, 21-23)
Is it possible that a sanctified 'saint,' who
loves the Lord and lives a disciplined life, could unwittingly allow
their mouth to be used by the enemy? If we read the scripture above it
would seem that this can indeed be so! Peter had been walking with Jesus
for three years at the point of this major revelation from God and
the rebuke he received from the Lord. Some might say that Peter had a
tendency to be impulsive, but surely three years as a direct disciple of
Jesus would equal a lifetime of regular discipleship. Even then he
One thing is for sure, Peter would never forget
his time in Caesarea. It was his best day and his worst day all in one!
One minute, he receives
the highest commendation from Jesus for getting it right and hearing
directly from God the Father, and the next, he is told that satan is
using his mouth!
with good intentions
Even though Peter's rebuke of Jesus was out of
hand, he obviously spoke with good intentions and out of a protective
heart, not wanting to see his master suffer. But to use a well
known maxim, the road to hell is paved with good intentions! We can have
the best of motives, yet still be wrong in terms of God's will. Some
people often plead their 'innocence' saying, "God knows my heart," but
they can still be wrong.
When Jesus gave His rebuke, He was not actually
addressing Peter but rather, He was speaking to satan, who somehow had managed to
commandeer Peter's mouth! In the age old struggle for the heart of man,
if God can give us revelation which we then speak, it seems that the
enemy can also speak through us without our awareness.
Peter was told, "...you are not mindful of the
things of God, but the things of men." In this context, it would be
to say that the things of God are spiritual
and the things of men are religious. God had a plan of redemption that
involved the supreme sacrifice of His own Son, an incomprehensible concept
to the natural mind. The concept of the Suffering Messiah demanded a
major paradigm shift in the spiritual understanding of that day.
Religion cannot tolerate change and strives to
preserve the status quo. Satan can be very religious. He
understands that God is always on the move and satan seeks to capture
the hearts of men by taking advantage of our desire for the 'comfort'
that religious stability offers.
AN OPPORTUNE TIME
After being tempted by the devil in the
wilderness, Jesus offered the same rebuke to satan that He would give at
Caesarea. "...Jesus answered and said to him, 'Get behind Me, Satan...!'
Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him
until an opportune time." (Luke 4:8, 13). Perhaps Caesarea was the
'opportune time,' a final, last ditch effort to deter Jesus from His
mission, using one of Jesus' closest confidants, Peter, to deliver the
If it can happen to Peter, it can happen to you
and me too! Even the best of us can be bearers of God's good news or
mouthpieces for the enemy. The solution is two fold: we must ensure that
our relationship with God is rock-solid and we unmistakably know His
will and voice, and that we must place a guard over our mouths at all times.
"If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and
does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s
religion is useless." James 1:26 #
"Hi Jeff, First of all, I was deeply touched by your last
newsletter. In my preaching and in my ministry, I have experienced that
God is teaching me about the suffering that He wants us to go through in
order to prepare us for something 'great'. With my charismatic
background there was not much place for that. It was about victory and
blessing but sometimes we forget that our Victor died on a cross before
He became the Risen Lord. My wife Izaura and I cried when we read the
stories about the people who died. How awesome that already 50 friends
accepted the Lord. Please keep on sending me your letters.... Blessings,
Klaas van Denderen, Pastor, Amsterdam, The Netherlands"
Dear Pastor Beacham, I wish to offer you my
thanks and my deepest gratitude. Several years ago (maybe 7-8), you came
to Cardiff, Wales.... You may not remember that meeting. I will try to
refresh your memory. At the end of your talk you singled out a young
girl of the age of 15 (my daughter)....
God spoke to you as you talked, you pointed at this girl and asked if
she would come forward for prayer. She was the ONLY person you singled
out in that meeting. You may remember that she had been raped.... This
was just the first installment of her many trials. Within a year and
half, she became addicted to: cannabis, alcohol and amphetamines (she
would experiment with every drug she could lay her hands on), including
ecstasy and heroin.
By the time she was 21 she had her own 1 bedroom flat and had
experienced many failed relationships. At this point she became involved
with a gang of very dangerous people. Seven members of the gang
attempted to "gang rape" her at knife point (the Lord had His protective
hand on her). The gang then utterly destroyed her home and killed her
pet cat. As you can imagine this devastated her and all the members of
our family (and church), at that point in time she was not born again.
She had to move out of Cardiff for her own safety. She was moved (helped
by my local church) to a safe-house. She has now been living there for 2
years, she has been clean from all contaminants for 2 years and most
importantly she has given her heart to JESUS (I praise His name).
She now has such a soul consuming passion for Christ, it makes me feel
that I am a part-time Christian (and I have been saved for 9 years).
That day when you prayed for her was an appointment by Christ. I had
tried to take her to church many times, it would have been easier to
extract her teeth with tweezers. Christ had intended that your prayer
was a pivotal point in her life, what your prayer actually did; only
I apologize that it has taken me such a long time to thank you, I had no
way of contacting you; until now. Again, I wish to thank you for your
prayers and the warm heart that you showed my daughter many years
ago...." (name withheld)
G12 Meeting with Cesar Castillanos,
Stamford, Connecticut - On Monday,
August 22nd, pastors and leaders from the New York region gathered to
sit under the ministry of Pastor Cesar Castillanos of Bogotá, Columbia.
Pastor Cesar has raised up a church of hundreds of thousands in that
nation using the G12 (Government of 12) vision.
He said that every time a leader goes out to
conquer, they must make sure that the enemy can find no arguments to
attack them. All pastors must bring God's presence to their community,
but if there is sin in the camp, they will be beaten back. The Israelites
had a great victory at Jericho because the ark of God's presence went
before them, but they were defeated at Ai because there was hidden sin
in the camp.
After Joshua restored holiness, the heavens opened
up. Holiness opens up the heavens. Demons have nothing to get hold of
and heaven comes down. When the church is sanctified, demons are
neutralized and people respond to the gospel. Remove the leaven from
your house and the enemy has no argument against you.
First Meeting of Regional Church -
About ten churches and ministries from the
North Central region of Pennsylvania were represented at the first
meeting of The CHURCH (Christians Uniting Regionally for Christ) held in
Mansfield, PA on Friday, August 26th. The meeting was held in the
parking lot of a supermarket on the main street in town. All the pastors
and leaders present testified about the need for one voice to speak for
the church in the region.
Last month, we were at the following
churches and events:
Mon, 1st - Kingdom Builder’s Meeting,
Mansfield, PA, Johnny and Juanita Berguson
Sun, 7th - New Life Christian Fellowship, Darien, CT, Pastors Rob
and Elayne Cassara
Tues, 9th - Celebration Service For Jon-Kely Cassara, New Life
Christian Fellowship, Darien, CT
Sun, 14th - Love & Truth Christian Center, Washington Twp, NJ,
Pastor Benjamin Oh
Fri, 19th - The Church of Grace and Peace 20th Anniversary
Dinner, Toms River, NJ
Sun, 21st - New Life Christian Fellowship, Darien, CT, Pastors
Rob and Elayne Cassara
Fri, 26th - The CHURCH, Mansfield Region, Jeff Beacham/Johnny and
Sun, 28th - River of Life Fellowship, Mansfield, PA, Pastor Keith
Mon, 29th - Kingdom Builder’s Meeting, Mansfield, PA, Johnny and
Cybersex Temptation - How porn on
the internet is affecting Christians; from ChristianityToday.com.
Christian Jobs Online -
Allows Christian employers to list their open
employment opportunities. Christian jobseekers may also submit their
resumes for listing in a database. Also has articles related to
online job searching.
Newsweek Explores Spirituality in America -
A recent issue of Newsweek magazine featured a cover story titled
"In Search of the Spiritual," an extensive look at the growing
popularity of being "spiritual" rather than "religious" in America
today. Writer Jerry Adler pegged his story on a 1966 issue of Time
magazine which posed the question, "Is God Dead?" Adler concluded
that instead of seeing God overtaken by technological advances that
drown out His existence, America in the past generation has seen "a
cycle of renewal that has played itself out many times since the
Temple of Solomon... a passion for an immediate, transcendent
experience of God, and a uniquely American acceptance of the
amazingly diverse paths people have taken to find it."
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idolaters or pompous Pharisees, we don't see any of them
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Why has soul-winning slowed down so in the West? We all hope to go to Heaven, but an unwritten rule
for western preaching has become, ‘don’t mention the ‘H’ word! We
don’t want to make potential believers uncomfortable by telling them
that if they reject the gospel they will be headed to eternal
punishment.’ We leave that in the
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