FMI REPORT - JUNE 2008
Peter Wagner's Lakeland Report,
'Christian Thuggery,' 2000 Year Old 'Jesus Tree' Sprouts,
Outpouring in New Jersey
"WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE OF GOOD REPORT... THINK ON THESE THINGS."
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mainly documents the previous month's activities. We would like to
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This Month's Report:
* Editorial - Peter Wagner's
Personal Report of Lakeland Outpouring
* Feedback - 'Christian Thuggery'
* June Events - Outpouring in New Jersey
* June Ministry - Impacting the Northeast and Beyond
* News and Resources - 2000 Year Old 'Jesus Tree' Sprouts
* Products - Four Exciting Resources (see link below)
* Partnership - Invest in God's Program for the Northeast of America
* God Thoughts - Breathing Down Your Neck
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Don’t forget the ever-popular 'GOD THOUGHTS' at the end of this report.
Personal Report of Lakeland
Outpouring - C. Peter Wagner
Note from Jeff: This month, I am including C. Peter Wagner's
personal report of the Apostolic Alignment Service that I was a
part of on June 23rd in Lakeland, Florida. This was originally sent to
The Lakeland Outpouring Apostolic Team assembled by Dr. Peter Wagner,
members of which are listed below - Jeff
To: Lakeland Outpouring Apostolic Team: Chuck
Pierce, Dutch Sheets, Lee Grady, Steve Strang, Ché Ahn, Jeff Beacham,
David Cannistraci, Joseph Askins, Bill Johnson, John Arnott
Subject: Personal Report of
Lakeland Outpouring - C. Peter Wagner, June 25, 2008
As all of you know, what I believe to be God-orchestrated circumstances
over the past three weeks or so have brought me mainstream into The
Lakeland Outpouring and the controversies surrounding it.
I am writing this from
Lakeland. The night before last, Doris and I attended the meeting in the
tent along with 10,000 others, the largest crowd yet since meeting in
the tent. It was the 82nd day of the Outpouring. Todd Bentley
used his speaking time in giving the most detailed testimony so far of
the “dark night of the soul” that he experienced for 18 months of
2005-2007. It was a very remarkable and transparent confession of his
pride during the ten years previously and details of the wilderness that
God took him through to break the pride. He was very clear about his
lack of discipline, his emotions out of control, his rejection of God,
his dislike of reading scripture, public meltdown on the platform,
memories of childhood rejection, loneliness, sexual abuse, his marriage
on the brink of divorce, etc. He was so burnt out, he cried four hours per
day for 21 days straight.
When it was over, God restored everything related to his staff, his
marriage, his ministry, and his newly-refined personal character. This
was a very remarkable and touching presentation. There was no hint of
victimization or wanting a pity party. It was a confession of his own
sin and the consequences he paid for disobedience. Doris and I were very
touched by this, and we were thankful to God for a window on Todd’s
character that we didn’t expect to be so wide open to us.
Let me remind you that Doris and I have been very close to other similar
outpourings, especially the John Wimber signs & wonders
phenomenon of the late 70s and 80s as well as the Argentine Revival
of the 80s and 90s. We believe we have paid our dues in terms of the
ability to discern truth from error and also in receiving severe and
often painful criticism for some of the judgments we made in supporting
those two movements. As we observed and participated in the meeting in
the tent, we became very nostalgic about Wimber and Argentina, even
noting some physical resemblance between Todd and Wimber. His accuracy
in words of knowledge reminded us of both John Wimber in the past and
Robert Henderson in the present. The worship time was similar to the
worship we experience in Freedom Church in Colorado Springs, except on a
larger and more exuberant scale. We saw or felt nothing that would cross
the lines we have previously experienced in high-profile revival. We
have learned that God-driven revival is often messy, tending to pull
some out of their religious comfort zones, but at the same time opening
gates for new seasons of the movement of God.
All this was in preparation for last night, June 23rd, when we held a
ceremony of apostolic alignment for Todd Bentley... who would be aligned with
Ché Ahn, Bill Johnson and John Arnott, representing
Revival Alliance, who would then commission him as the evangelist to
lead The Lakeland Outpouring. A few of us met with Todd
personally before the service, and we found him to be a wonderful
individual. Doris and I had never met him before. I explained to him
what the ceremony would be like, and he agreed. I thought that it was
interesting when he wanted to change one thing I had written in this
document, because I could then run a quiet test of his humility and his
respect for authority. Keep in mind that this was Todd’s ministry and
Todd’s meeting. However, he had delegated the leadership of the ceremony
to me. I suggested that his change was not wise, and he immediately
accepted my decision. We were on the same page! In fact, we like each
The scenario was that I took the podium and called around me Todd, Ché,
Bill and John. I then called to the platform a number of apostles whom I
had chosen to stand behind us: Stephen Strader of Lakeland, FL,
Karl Strader of Lakeland, FL, Jeff Beacham of Sydney,
Australia, Rick Joyner of Ft. Mill, SC, Doris Wagner of
Colorado Springs, CO, Sharon Stone of Burton, England, Paco
Garcia of Chiclana, Spain, Clarice Fluitt of Monroe, LA,
Richard Maiden of Scottsdale, AZ, Michael Maiden of Phoenix,
AZ, Joshua Fowler of Orlando, FL, Barry Boucher of Ottawa,
Canada, and Wesley Campbell of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.
Unfortunately, Bishop Bill Hamon had to cancel because of a travel
problem. I then read the paper I am attaching and, despite several
requests, I even desisted from telling a joke! When I finished, I handed
the microphone to Ché and he was in charge.
Ché, Bill and John laid on hands and anointed Todd with a special new
“Be Revived” oil that Chuck Pierce (who was in Africa) sent for
the event. Todd went down under the power of the Spirit and the three
prophesied over him, commissioning him as the evangelist to lead The
Lakeland Outpouring. Then, most of the backup apostles prayed and
prophesied as well. The power of the Holy Spirit
was so heavy on that
event that you could almost have cut it with a knife!
It was quite evident to those present that this was a groundbreaking
event. A serious public problem had been growing in the body of Christ
revolving around concerns about Lakeland from respected leaders. Even
“schism” had been mentioned frequently. Because of the extensive media
coverage through GOD TV, it was much more than a private or a
trivial matter. Something was called for to set things in order, and
this is the stated role of apostles. We are now in a place in what I see
as the Second Apostolic Age that apostles can agree publicly to bring
alignment. The seventeen apostles involved in this event represented
three distinct apostolic streams: ICA (10 were ICA members),
Revival Alliance, and MorningStar. Even though we are not networked
formally, we believe in and support each other, and we stand together
when a crisis such as this one comes along. I may be wrong, but I cannot
recall an event of this nature in the recent history of the Church.
There was a notable prophetic dimension accompanying the event. Around a
month ago, Bob Jones prophesied that on June 22nd, the outpouring
would increase so much that it would appear that the revival would
really begin at that time. Of course no one knew that June 23rd, the day
after June 22nd, would be the date of Todd’s apostolic alignment which
could well be the event to release increased spiritual power.
Parenthetically, both June 22nd and June 23rd broke previous attendance
records in the 10,000-seat tent.
"Thank you for the FMI article on Florida
(FMI Report, May 2008). I appreciate your sincere honesty in talking about what you experienced
down there. I don't know why there always has to be thuggery from other
Christians when it comes to a move of God or not a move. Why can't we
look at things the way they did in Acts: if this is a move of God, then
no one will stop it. We seem to want to beat everyone up, without seeing
or experiencing things for ourselves and then judging from scripture what
is right or wrong. Look forward to hearing from you. Blessings,
"Dear Jeff, My wife and I were in Lakeland on Monday (June 23rd),
and she saw you on the platform. It is so exciting to see what God is
doing. I have never been in such a worship service. My wife had gone
down in the very beginning of the revival, and brought it back to the
church. Since then, we have never been the same. No more agendas, just a
freedom in the Holy Ghost. God bless you,
Special Worship Outpouring,
Healing Impartation and Prophecy Meeting Brings Holy Fire to New Jersey
- By Jeff Beacham - Last night's
special Worship Outpouring, Healing Impartation and Prophecy Meeting was
probably the most powerful meeting I've ever been a part of in my
ministry. We planned this event on three days' notice. People came from
all around NJ and as far away as Long Island to The Church of Grace and
Peace, Toms River, NJ, FMI's home base.
The presence and power
of God in the worship and ministry time was incredible.
I flowed out of worship into a time of exhortation, addressing some of
the concerns regarding The Lakeland Outpouring.
Emails from people not
in favor of what is happening in Florida have been flying around the
internet with links to You Tube. These excerpts are like sound bites,
not adequate to tell the whole story. They are like judging a person's
whole life by looking at one day. People have been making judgments on
that basis, and that can be very dangerous!
There’s nothing wrong with asking questions. Even John the Baptist
had questions over who Jesus was. Even Jesus asked ‘Why….?’
However, if the prophetic movement has sometimes gotten into the extreme,
it’s as much the fault of the apostolic stream for not caring enough to
keep them anchored. Last Monday's Apostolic Alignment Service (see
above) was an effort to help remedy this situation.
Pastor Margaret Clark from Plainsboro testified how grateful she
was for the healing anointing that raised her up from her deathbed
(read her testimony here).
This was followed by a strong time of healing impartation. After this,
worship leader Adam Panepinto took us back into a time of
prophetic worship that welcomed God's presence in such a tangible way
that when I released the people to go home, they didn't leave! Most
stayed for another hour or so lingering in His Presence.
We will be letting everyone know soon when the next Outpouring service
JUNE MINISTRY AND
Places of Ministry During June:
Sun, 1st – Lakeland, Florida
Sat, 7th and Sun, 8th – New Life Church, Canton, PA, Pastor Glen
Fri, 13th to Sun, 15th - Praise Tabernacle, Egg Harbor Township,
NJ, Pastor Steve Rahter
Wed, 18th -Calvary Temple International Assembly, Wayne, NJ,
Pastor Thomas Keinath
Fri, 20th and Sat, 21st – Gateway Christian Fellowship, West
Haven, CT, Pastor Brian Simmons
Mon, 23rd - Lakeland, Florida
Sun, 29th - Word of Life, Dover, NJ, Pastor Linda Bellini
Sun, 29th - Worship Outpouring, Healing
Impartation and Prophecy Service, Toms River, NJ
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Israeli Scientists Grow "Jesus
Tree" From 2,000 Year Old Seed Found at Masada - Teresa
Neumann (June 17, 2008)
The Judean Date Palm is also known as the "Tree of Life," and was
considered a famous delicacy during Jesus' lifetime. Groves of them
once formed thick forests along the Jordan River.
(Israel)—LiveScience and the Daily Mail report that "astonished"
scientists have grown a tree from a 2,000-year-old Judean date palm
seed excavated in Masada, making it the oldest directly-dated seed
ever germinated. Called the "Methuselah Tree" — or the "Jesus Tree"
because it thrived in Israel during Jesus' lifetime — it has
reportedly been growing steadily and now stands nearly four feet
tall. Most likely, say scientists, the seed that was germinated came
from a date eaten by one of the 960 Jewish rebels at Masada.
Judean Date Palm is also known as the "Tree of Life," and was
considered a famous delicacy in the ancient world. Groves of them
once formed thick forests along the Jordan River. According to the
Daily Mail report, those forests were destroyed by the Romans
causing the Judean date palm to became extinct more than 1,000 years
ago. (Photo: Reuters)
The seeds were found in storage rooms in Masada buried under mounds
of debris, in a jar full of discarded date pits, about 40 years ago,
along with skeletons of those who died during the siege. Then they
"languished in a drawer" until Dr. Sarah Sallon, a Jewish doctor
from the United Kingdom who runs the Hadassah Medical Organization in
Jerusalem, decided to grow them. Sallon was said to have soaked the
seed in warm water and fertilizer three years before she planted it,
and within eight weeks of planting, it sprouted.
Today, reporter David Derbyshire noted Israel imports palms, so if
the sapling bears fruit, it will be the first time anyone has tasted a
real Judean date for more than a millennium. However, he adds, the
team will not know whether the tree is a male or female for another
In ancient times, the fruit was reportedly believed to provide a
natural remedy for numerous ailments ranging from heart problems to
constipation. It was also used to treat TB, gut problems, chest
infections and worms. Scientists plan on studying the "Methuselah
Tree" for its healing properties.
Source: David Derbyshire - The Daily Mail,
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