FMI REPORT - JANUARY 2006
A Conscription of Conviction,
Rose Porta, CAC Goes
National, and The God Driven Church
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This Month's Report:
* Editorial -
Conscription of Conviction
* January Events - NE Based City Action Coalition
* January Ministry - Impacting the Northeast
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Conscription of Conviction
Recently, I was asked to bring a tribute to Rose Porta at her
memorial service (see below). I told those gathered that I could never
remember a time when Rose did not have a broad smile on her face. Others
went on to say that even at the time of her greatest physical
struggle, a few days before she went to be with the Lord, she still was
able to give off that great big smile. What is it that enables a person
to have such obvious joy, even when walking through the valley of
the shadow of death? Rose's joy was not something that came from
herself. She had an inner joy that came from knowing
where the center of God's will was for her life, and she always made
every effort to stay within it.
THE PRESS GANG
Long ago, when Rose first met the Lord,
I'm sure she must have had an experience similar to the one that I had
when I met Him. Once I began my personal relationship with the Lord, I didn't have to be
forced, cajoled, manipulated, or obligated into His service. I was
certainly not forcibly conscripted like some drunken sailor who wakes up
the next day on a ship out at sea, having become a victim of a press
I became a conscript of the Spirit into the army
of God - not by force or compunction, but by a conscription of
conviction! The revelation of salvation made me deeply aware that I was
no longer my own. I had, in fact, been bought with a price. Someone had
paid the ultimate price in order for me to receive the gift of eternal
freedom. The very least I could do was to use whatever I had left of my life in gratitude and service to that One who had made it all
In Mark 1:14-20, Jesus announces the coming
Kingdom and then calls out some of those He knew from before time
would work with Him, "...'The time has come! God's kingdom will soon be
here. Turn back to God and believe the good news!' As Jesus was walking
along the shore of Lake Galilee, He saw Simon and his brother Andrew.
They were fishermen and were casting their
nets into the lake. Jesus said to them, 'Come with Me! I will teach you
how to bring in people instead of fish.' Right then the two brothers
dropped their nets and went with him. Jesus walked on and soon saw James
and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in a boat, mending their nets.
At once Jesus asked them to come with Him. They left their father in the
boat with the hired workers and went with Him." Right at the point of
calling, without hesitation, the two sets of brothers dropped
everything associated with their livelihood and families and 'followed'
Jesus. From that point on, with the exception of one period of
disillusionment, they all followed unto death.
The fact that even the Apostles lost their way at
one point should be an encouragement to us if we wander off the right
path, as long as we, like them, find our way back! The reality of a
risen Lord was what brought them back to a path that they never left
again. Only madmen die for an illusion. Those who have seen and
believe in the risen Lord have no fear of death and will commit to a
life of service, looking forward to a reward that will never perish.
THINKING LIKE GREEKS, ACTING LIKE ROMANS
I trust that your religious experience is not one
of obligation or conscription without conviction. Does He have to
compete with every other aspect of your busy life, or is He right in the
center? We, in the West, have to combat our Greco/Roman culture; we think
like Greeks and act like Romans. Greek thinking breaks composites into
compartments, and Romans are all about doing! That's why our lives are
not holistic and our relationships are task oriented. The pure Christian
world view never tolerates God in a box! He is at the center of
everything, not because He wants to be - He just is! The sooner we
understand this and conform our minds to the mind of Christ, the sooner
the Kingdom will come! #
Rose Porta, 1952 - 2006
I met Jack and Rose Porta soon after arriving here in America seven
years ago. We worked together on the Awake America Crusade at the
Meadowlands in June of 1999. We became good friends and collaborated on
several projects after that. Jack and Rose founded
Mighty Warrior Ministries in Wayne, New Jersey, where they have been a
part of Calvary Temple for many years. Rose went to be with the Lord on
Thursday, January 26th after a battle against cancer. She was 53 and
will be greatly missed. Please pray for Jack as he comes to terms with
this loss, and that the Body of Christ will step up to the plate and fill
the vacuum left by Rose's departure.
NJ FAITH Alliance Second Annual
Conference Addresses Prayer, Church Government, Church Growth, and
Transformation - On January 20th, NJ
FAITH Alliance hosted its second annual conference in Toms River, NJ. A
diverse group of spiritual leaders from around the state took part in
panels that addressed some of the most crucial issues facing the church
today! Jose Tabares, senior pastor of Centro Cristiano Palabra de
Vida, Cranford, NJ said, "Our church growth depends on prayer…. Prayer
is the lubrication that will cause your church to take off. Your metron
increases when you have a church that is connected to God with prayer….
mutual support through prayer. Intercession is core to the Great
Commission… Doers will burn out, but lovers will be propelled by passion
and will out do doers."
NJFA Founder, Pastor Walt Healy said, "No form of government
works 100%. God's government is always through a plurality of elders
Good government is theocratic, not man-centered. The measure of one's
authority should be the same as one's accountability." Ken Jasko,
senior pastor of Monmouth Worship Center
said, "Government should work around function and it provides true
accountability for those who are in
authority and for churches." Bryan Attinson, senior pastor of Christ
Church, Howell, NJ, said, "The primary purpose of church government is
to provide purpose and stability. There needs to be accountability where
we can let our guard down and allow people to speak into our lives.
Team leadership is the five-fold model in a local church government. The
senior leader has to be the visionary…."
Founder of Metro Ministry Network Frank Dupree said, "Finney's
methods won't work today… We have to tailor the old things to today….
Transformation is societal change. Society cannot change until the
church changes. Jesus' focus was on changing people, who then will change
the culture." Mario Gonzalez, senior pastor of The Hope Center,
Jersey City, NJ said, "... we must be transformed by the renewing of our
minds. We must change the way we think. Jesus said, "Follow me." - you see
and you follow! This generation is tired of hearing Jesus - they want to
see Him. When the roads have been destroyed, the only way to get to where
you want to go is to become a compass generation."
NE Based City Action Coalition
Goes National - Clergy-led public
policy advocacy has been the basis of CAC'c success in the Tri-State
area. The recent success of the organization's appeal to the New York
Appellate Division in the effort to uphold traditional
in New York City testifies to this. Consequently, in consultation with
several national leaders, CAC founder, Joseph Mattera,
recently decided to form a new extension of CAC called American Action
Coalition. This new organization had its launch at Rock City Church,
Baltimore, MD. The plan is to have a
state action coalition in every state within the next few years.
Places of Ministry During January:
Sun, 1st - New Year's Day Service, Victory
Christian Fellowship, Trooper, PA, Pastor Ed Crenshaw
Wed, 18th -City Covenant Coalition Meeting, Brooklyn, NY
Fri, 20th - NJ FAITH Alliance Annual Conference, Toms River, NJ
Sun, 22nd - Grace Outreach Fellowship, Norwalk, CT, Pastor Steve
Mon, 23rd and Tues, 24th – American Action Coalition inaugural
Meeting, Rock City Church, Baltimore, MD
Fri, 27th - Love of Jesus Family Church, West New York, NJ,
Pastor Tania Fuentes
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