FMI REPORT - DECEMBER 2006
The Tale of Two Presidents, Mr. Charisma,
ICA Conference Largest Ever, and Breakpoint!
"WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE
OF GOOD REPORT... THINK ON THESE THINGS." PHIL. 4:8
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In This Month's Report:
* Editorial -
The Tale of Two Presidents
* Promotions - Mr. Charisma
* December Events - ICA Annual Conference Largest Ever
* December Ministry -
Impacting the Northeast and Beyond
* Tips and Resources - Breakpoint
* Products - Two Great Resources (see link below)
* Partnership - Invest in God's Program for the Northeast of America
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ever-popular 'GOD THOUGHTS' at the end of this report. Enjoy!
End Well! The Tale of Two Presidents
(This appropriate article by international
columnist, author, speaker and Assyrian Christian, Ken Joseph, Jr. looks
at the ending of two starkly different public lives. Jeff Beacham)
End Well — a Commentary on the Deaths of a
President and a Dictator
Ken Joseph, Jr. (Jan 2, 2007)
"A Tale of Two Presidents" was the way it went through my mind as I
stood watching the procession of President Gerald R. Ford wind its way
into the Capitol Building. Amazingly, there were 97 vehicles in all!
The spontaneous gathering of people was quiet, respectful and patient, as
the hearse finally came by. I, along with all the people, had never met
President Ford, but the quiet conversations as we stood in the cold
waiting for the procession said it all. When I suddenly sneezed, even
the grim-faced police officer guarding the route smiled and said a big
"God bless you."
Then, there was the other President. Hated in life, one could hear the
taunts as he was taken up to the gallows to be hanged. My own family,
Assyrian Christians, along with millions of other Iraqis, suffered his
torture and live to this day with the memories of the over one million
people he killed. Saddam Hussein died the way he had lived — violently
presidents — a continent apart. The contrast could not have been
The New Year brings a chance to start again, to go back to the "starting
block." As I pondered the "Tale of Two Presidents" and listened to the
contrasting eulogies, the reminder was stark. Imagine the sadness of
living your whole life, only to be taunted at your death and buried in
silence, with nobody's regret. Imagine the joy of ending your life
surrounded by those you love and the love of those you didn't even
know, in an eternity planned.
Life is full of choices. Nobody forced Saddam Hussein to live a life of
terror, blood and hate. Nobody forced Gerald R. Ford to live a life of
quiet public service, kindness and care. As the New Year begins, it is a
time to make good choices, change those that may have been made wrongly,
adjust those that you can, and remember that what counts is not what
you accomplish, but how you live.
My father always said to me "Few people 'end well' — strive to end
well." What a challenge for the New Year! Live your life, make the
decisions that you make, and plan for only one thing — to "end well."
Gerald R. Ford "ended well." Saddam Hussein did not. "End well" by
living well, and you will hear those special words, "Well done, My
ASSIST News Service
Harald Bredesen, 'Mr. Charisma,'
Passes into Glory!
(This is an abbreviated copy of a report by Michael Ireland, Chief
Correspondent, ASSIST News Service)
Harald Bredesen, a Lutheran minister who was a giant in the
so-called Charismatic Movement and responsible for spreading a form of
evangelical praise known as “speaking in tongues,” died Friday, December
29, 2006. He was 88.... Bredesen died at Palomar Hospital from
complications following a fall at his home.
Bredesen befriended evangelist Pat Robertson while they both
lived in New York in the late 1950s. Robertson credits Bredesen with
leading him into a charismatic Christian experience known as the Baptism
in the Holy Spirit.... "He served the Lord in a global ministry leading
many into the fullness of the Holy Spirit and set an example for us all
in his boldness and perpetual joy," Robertson said in a statement
Friday. "He was a dear friend and beloved brother in Christ."
Bredesen served on the CBN Board of Directors since its founding in
1960. Harald's ministry, which has been described as "another chapter of
the book of Acts,' kept him on a global itinerary throughout most of his
Bredesen was ordained in 1944 in the American Lutheran Church and became
one of the most influential ministers in the early days of the
Charismatic Movement. In 1946, he received the Baptism in the Holy
Spirit. Many charismatic Christians have credited him with leading them
into the same experience, including Pat Robertson and Pat Boone.
Known by many as "Mr. Charisma," Bredesen was involved in the founding
of major Christian media ministries, including the Christian
Broadcasting Network, Trinity Broadcasting Network, and 100 Huntley
Street in Canada.
Over the years, Bredesen's ministry was featured on ABC, the
BBC, Radio Moscow, CBS's The World Tonight, Walter Cronkite's
News and World Report, as well as other major international news
programs. Articles chronicling his ministry and influence were featured
in Time, The Saturday Evening Post, Encyclopedia Britannica, Charisma
Magazine, and Christianity Today. The Saturday Evening Post
once called him the "charismatic envoy to the campuses," referring to
his many speeches and ministry visits to colleges and universities,
including Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Chicago University,
and many others around the world....
"There is no man like him," said evangelist Benny Hinn. "He has
touched my life and has left his mark on the Church in a powerful way.
When I met Harald for the first time he was known as the father of the
Charismatics. Well, in my opinion, he still is."
George Otis, another veteran Charismatic leader said of him,
"Harald Bredesen is a rare person. He is one of the great big cylinders
in the engine of the Charismatic revival that spawned thousands of
churches and ministries and new broadcast organizations and enterprises
that further the cause of the Lord...." Bredesen is survived by his wife
of 52 years, Genevieve, and their children Dagni, Margaret, Christopher
ICA Annual Conference Largest Ever -
This report from C. Peter Wagner, Presiding
Apostle, International Coalition of Apostles, "I believe that every one
of you who was present at our ICA meeting in the Gaylord Texan would
agree that it was our best ever. One of our charter members commented
that he felt as if some restraining spirit, detected in past meetings,
had totally been broken and that the connection between heaven and earth
was more evident than ever before. I would agree with this spiritual
We had our largest attendance ever, closer to 600 than to 500. Some
even said that next year they plan to bring their spouses and to book a
couple extra days of vacation after the meeting. The content of the
presentations and panels was outstanding.... When I took the leadership
of ICA in 2000, the Lord showed me that I would see it between 500 and
1,000 members. We have now peaked over the 500 mark. A few days ago,
Chuck Pierce gave me a word from the Lord that the growth will
accelerate. He said that we should expect 1,000 in next year’s meeting. I
witness to this word...."
Places of Ministry During December:
Sat, 2nd - “Ebenezer Scrooge,” The Church
of Grace and Peace, Toms River, NJ, Pastor Walt Healy
Sun, 3rd - The Church of Grace and Peace, Toms River, NJ, Pastor
Sun, 10th - The Rock Church, Pitman, NJ, Pastor Don Leslie
Sun, 17th - Word of Life, Dover, NJ, Pastor Linda Bellini-Parker
Sun, 24th - Christmas Eve Service, The Church of Grace and Peace,
Toms River, NJ, Pastor Walt Healy
Sun, 31st - Victory Christian Fellowship, Trooper, PA, Pastor Ed
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