Could This California Bill Lead To A Bible Ban?

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One Step Closer to Law: Could This California Bill Ultimately Lead to the Banning of Bibles? — Talia Wise, Donna Russell

The bill states that “contemporary science recognizes that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is part of the natural spectrum of human identity and is not a disease, disorder, or illness.”

[CBN News] A pro-LGBTQ bill is quickly making its way through the California state assembly after it was approved on the floor Thursday. The bill now goes to the state Senate for a vote.

If passed, Assembly Bill 2943 could ultimately threaten free speech and freedom of religion for Christians.

It uses the state’s consumer fraud statute to restrict religious freedom and free speech when it comes to issues of homosexuality and gender identity.

This means the bill would make it illegal to distribute resources, sell books, offer counseling services, or direct someone to a Biblically based model for getting help with gender confusion and homosexuality.

Randy Thomasson with SaveCalifornia.com says the bill is very broad and could affect just about anything helping people overcome same-sex desires.

“So, this is a pastor speaking, you pay a ticket to hear him speak. He speaks about overcoming same-sex desires. Hey, that could be outlawed. A church sells a book about overcoming same-sex desires. There’s a sale, there’s a transaction, that could be banned,” Thomasson said.

“This is very expansive, very tyrannical and absolutely squashing free speech, religious freedom and basic choice of people. This is an anti-freedom, anti-American bill,” Thomasson told CBN News.

Essentially, churches and Christian schools that share Biblical teaching on the subject would be open to a lawsuit.

CBN News asked Thomasson if this bill could eventually lead to a ban on Bibles or even books from other faiths like the Koran.

“Well, you could see this law going into effect. A church bookstore selling the Bible, of course, selling a book about marriage or sexual purity or overcoming homosexuality or overcoming trans-sexuality. You could see a member of the public or even a member of the state government coming and saying, ‘Hey, that’s illegal,'” Thomasson answered.

“Even the Muslim community should be against this, too, because of what is said about sexual perversity in the Koran,” Thomasson also said.

If AB 2943 clears California’s Senate and is signed into law, it would negatively impact Christian counselors, bookstores, church conferences, as well as medical and health professionals.

The bill also seeks to ban Biblically based counseling for those wanting to get help.

It comes six years after California deemed it illegal for minors to receive counseling for same-sex attraction, even if they and their parents wanted help. Now, this bill would also address adults.

“AB 2943 would start by saying, ok, nobody can get counseling to overcome same-sex desires… ok, so no help for adult children, adults who were molested as kids and now they are adults and they say I want help to overcome these feelings. No help for you,” Thomasson explained.

The bill states that “contemporary science recognizes that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is part of the natural spectrum of human identity and is not a disease, disorder, or illness.”

Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, told CBN News that what makes this bill especially dangerous is that California often leads the charge in pushing the LGBTQ legislative agenda.

California was one of the first states to ban “conversion therapy” for minors. Shortly afterward, Oregon, New Jersey, and Vermont passed similar laws.

“People have the right to seek the counsel of their choice, but this bill substitutes the government for personal choice. The implications are staggering, and the result is harmful,” Staver said in a statement to CBN News.


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When I find news like this I put it up to try to stir people into thinking about what is happening that affects our freedom of speech and religion and the ability to teach God’s Word and do all that we are called to do as Christians. Many people don’t realize what is happening and they slip things into law knowing that people aren’t awake to the dangers right outside our doors. We look at countries where people have to go underground and risk their lives to believe in God and share His salvation and think how awful it is … yet that very life of hiding and being thrown in jail or worse hovers very close to us in countries where freedom of religion was fought for and won centuries ago. The enemy of God and our souls never gives up influencing people to make demands and pass laws that will stop His word getting out. We must be aware and use all our weapons to fight against these laws passing to shut our mouths and push us underground. That makes me want to stand up and fight!


Sharing my heart and the heart of the Father from my Prison of Hope! Be blessed and trust God above all. ~ Charlene  https://www.facebook.com/Zephyrmorning

A Season of Suddenlies is Here!

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Before He comes for us, He will manifest out of us!

By Wayland Henderson

1 Now you do not need to have anything written to you about times and dates, brothers, 2  For you yourselves know very well that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 When people say, “There is peace and security,” destruction will strike them as suddenly as labor pains come to a pregnant woman, and they will not be able to escape. I Thessalonians 5:1-3

We are entering a season of “suddenlies” yet there will be two types of people in the earth when they come. There will be those who are awake and looking for the birthing of the sons of God and the return of the Lord and there will be those who are asleep proclaiming “peace and safety” and don’t have a clue of the travail and birth pains of the coming move of God.

It’s expected for the world to be sleep but not the believer in Messiah that should be looking for His Coming while in the birth position of repentance, fasting and intercession. Before He comes FOR US, He will manifest out of us!

His coming glory will bring plumbline revelation that will set a standard and release judgement on systems that cannot abide the Day of His Coming.

Old Wineskins will be removed that do not have the capacity to hold the new wine and power of The Spirit. The sudden destruction will first be the destruction of systems that God did not build or plant. This judgment is not meant to bring condemnation, but distinction between the true and the false and to bring deliverance from condemnation.

9 For God has not destined us to [incur His] wrath [that is, He did not select us to condemn us], but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Thessalonians 5:9 AMP

We are about to see a clear distinction produced by the glory of the Lord so that every limitation in His Bride can be removed so that His clear Image can be presented to the world.

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There is a prophetic generation being awakened right now as darkness increases and are being commissioned in the secret place to prophesy light in the midst of darkness. They will be sons of the light and of the Day and will manifest the very nature of Messiah and be a light to the nations. In the midst of systems being destroyed they will have the ability to see the blueprints of what God is about to build and plant and when they speak it people will be comforted, compelled to draw near to God(exhorted), and edified!

11 Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing. I Thessalonians 5:11 AMP

3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. I Corinthians 14:3

Let our hearts and minds be prepared and may our hunger and thirst arise for the Bridegroom to come and “Tabernacle” among us so the world can see the brightness of His glory in the midst of darkness!

Wayland Henderson is a prophet who carries a heart for revival and moves in a strong revelatory gift with a unique anointing to impart prophetic understanding of Jewish roots across cultural and generational lines. He is co-founder of Greater Works Generation Ministries with his wife Jeanette, and their heart is to awaken a generation to their destiny to become mature sons and daughters of God. Jeanette is a prophetic psalmist, gifted teacher and is a worshipper at heart with the ability to usher in His Presence. Wayland is also co-founder of A.G.E.S. (which stands for Awaken, Gather, Equip and Send). A.G.E.S. is an apostolic and prophetic monthly gathering where several ministries have joined to gather regionally to see revival glory come forth in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. They currently reside in Arlington, Texas with their three beautiful children.


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This word gave me a thought I’ve not had in the past when reading the scripture where it speaks of “destruction will strike” and then his words, “The sudden destruction will first be the destruction of systems that God did not build or plant.” I thought immediately about the things in governments, big business, banking, even celebrities and sports idols around the world that are being exposed, brought to light and destroyed! That is definitely “systems” that God did not build … Wow! That is a part of scripture we have always been taught, in many churches, would come after the rapture, when we were safely away! Well when I read those lines I thought, yes, that is happening right now and we are still here. But it requires us to be here to pray and intervene and to replace the broken with God’s choices. Interesting thought provoking word.


Sharing my heart and the heart of the Father from my Prison of Hope! Be blessed and trust God above all. ~ Charlene  https://www.facebook.com/Zephyrmorning

REMARKABLE!

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In a time of prayer, I heard the Lord say the word “remarkable.” I immediately got excited and told the Lord I like the sound of that, “remarkable”. I then began to ask the Lord, is this a remarkable season? Is a remarkable event coming up? Or is it the next season or this or that. Then the Lord started to reveal to me what He wanted the body of Christ to know. I heard the Lord say the word “remarkable” but He broke up the word into 3 different parts, “Re-mark-able”.

Then the Lord started at the end and said, “I am able to remark people.” There are people who the Lord has marked but somewhere along the way something went wrong. I feel that some people have disqualified themselves because of different failures or circumstances. But my friends, God is able to remark you.

Even if you feel like you have lost your mark, you haven’t! God is remarking you. Many of you may feel as if the Lord is far away from you but my friends, if God seems far away from you He is not the one who moved. You may have pulled away from the Lord but I feel so strongly that the Lord is remarking you today!

In 2 Kings 9, a young prophet came and anointed Jehu. Jehu’s men came around him and were asking him what had happened. Jehu replied that the young prophets could be a little bit wild and crazy. Jehu was trying to hide that he had been marked by God. But the people around Jehu could tell that something had happened because the anointing oil was running down Jehu. He had been marked by God. When you are marked by God, everybody knows.

I feel that the Lord is releasing many powerful encounters with the Lord to remark many. When I talk with people who have backslidden I always ask them about the encounters they have had with the Lord. So many times they will tell me they have never truly encountered the Lord for themselves. When you have truly encountered the Lord it marks you. You can never stray away from it.

For some people along the way, the schemes of the enemy have tried to pull you away and keep you from the heart of the Father. You may not feel like a child of God like you once did. You may not feel like you’ve been marked by God like you once did but what the Lord is saying today, my friends is that He is calling people back and He is remarking them so He can do something powerful through you! He is able to remark you and put His stamp approval upon you. This is your day and this is your season!

Many people feel insecure and are walking in fear. They do not believe that they can step into all that God is calling them to. But I am telling you, just like the prodigal son as soon as He came back to the Father, the Father immediately remarked His son with His approval and celebrated His son. You don’t ever have to feel like your past makes you a second class citizen in the Kingdom of God. There is only one type of citizen in the Kingdom of God and that is beloved children of God. You are a child of God and your Father has marked you and is remarking you to do something very powerful through you.

My wife, Autumn Dawson says this all the time, “The whole world knows who you are but sometimes you don’t see who you are.” It is time for the children of God to stop talking ourselves out of our dreams, out of our calling and start saying yes and allow the Lord to remark us for His Kingdom and His glory.


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It is hard for many of us, myself included, to see who we really are in God’s eyes and heart. It is almost too much to fathom and we leave it alone rather than think about it and try to understand. So we have all these feelings of falling short of the mark, missing our promise, losing our chance to accomplish what we feel we should … all the many prodigal son attitude, poverty mentality and all the rest come from not really knowing who we are in God. So this word was good telling us that God is going to re-mark us and we haven’t lost out after all!!


Sharing my heart and the heart of the Father from my Prison of Hope! Be blessed and trust God above all. ~ Charlene  https://www.facebook.com/Zephyrmorning

Netanyahu Says Israel’s Light Will Beat the Enemies’ ‘Darkness’

LIGHTING THE 70 YEAR FLAMEPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lights a torch at Israel’s 70th anniversary celebrations at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, April 18, 2017 (GPO screenshot)

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Jewish state is ‘a rising world power,’ says PM in combative speech at torch-lighting ceremony ushering in Independence Day

“All the ancient peoples who were exiled from their lands vanished and scattered all over the place. Only we, the Jewish people, who were like a leaf blown away in the storm of exile, refused to disappear and remained faithful to Zion.” -Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a fiery address at a torch-lighting ceremony marking Israel’s 70th Independence Day, declared that the Jewish state is becoming a “world power” and said its light will overcome its enemies’ “darkness.”

“We’re turning Israel into a rising world power,” Netanyahu said at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem before lighting a torch on behalf of all the governments of Israel since the founding of the state.

The prime minister thanked US President Donald Trump for his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move its embassy to the holy city next month.

Alluding to unprecedentedly bellicose rhetoric from Iran, the prime minister vowed that no one would “extinguish” Israel’s “light.”

“All the ancient peoples who were exiled from their lands vanished and scattered all over the place. Only we, the Jewish people, who were like a leaf blown away in the storm of exile, refused to disappear and remained faithful to Zion,” he said.

“In the year 70 AD the menorah went out, but today in Israel’s 70th anniversary, the menorah is our country’s symbol and its light is stronger than ever.”

Addressing enemies of Israel, Netanyahu proudly stated that “in another 70 years, you’ll find here a country that is many times stronger because what we’ve done until today is just the beginning!

“Today there are those who want to extinguish… the light in Zion. I promise you, this will not happen because our light will always overcome their darkness. We are as strong and determined as ever,” he declared to the crowd’s applause.

“We don’t hesitate to confront those who want to eradicate us, because we know that defending ourselves with our own force is the essence of independence,” Netanyahu added. “Our hand is outstretched for peace with any of our neighbors who seek peace.

“Admiration toward Israel is finally trickling to Arab countries. Here, I believe, lie real seeds for peace,” he said.

He said Israel would always rise to the challenge of defending itself against its enemies if necessary. Its capacity to defend itself, by itself, he said, is “the essence of independence.”

Netanyahu recognized the disagreements in Israeli society but called for citizens to maintain mutual respect and understanding.

Preparations for the official ceremony were overshadowed this year by a bitter row between Edelstein and Culture Minister Miri Regev over Netanyahu’s determination to attend the event and address the invited guests. Traditionally, the Knesset speaker is the most senior official at the event and it is kept free of politics. Edelstein, who initially wanted to boycott the event, reached a compromise deal allowing Netanyahu to light a torch and make a short speech.


Sharing my heart and the heart of the Father from my Prison of Hope! Be blessed and trust God above all. ~ Charlene  https://www.facebook.com/Zephyrmorning

 

The Lord Says: “Today Everything Changes”

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Helen Cobanov, Brisbane, Australia

The Lord has been speaking to me these past few weeks saying, “Today, everything changes.” The first day I heard this, it just so happened to be the day my son Noah went for his learner’s license (permit). I thought, “Well, yes Lord. Today everything does change!” But since that morning, every day I have been waking up and hearing these words, “Today everything changes.”

As I have been leaning into God about what He is saying, He started to speak to me regarding my complacency and self-doubts – the feelings of not being qualified, not ready and not able to do what God is asking me to do.

“If My people are waiting to be fully qualified, they will be waiting for a very long time!”

Then He spoke to me about the journey my son has been on to get his learner’s license. Noah has never driven a car on the roads before, and previously never understood road rules. But for Noah to get his learner’s license, he had to be prepared to take the first steps. Then, with no experience and only the limited knowledge he had read about, he took and passed a simple paper test. He can now get into a car and learn to drive! He is NOT a qualified driver, but that doesn’t stop him from learning.

Then the Lord said to me “Helen, people are sitting and waiting because they don’t feel qualified to do what I am asking them to do! They are filled with self-doubt and complacency in the waiting. If you sit around waiting, without being prepared to take the first steps and then sit in the driver’s seat with your L-plates on (learner’s plates), you will not learn! You will never be ready and you will never feel qualified to do what I am asking you to do!” (Note: An L-plate is a square plate bearing a sans-serif letter L, for learner, which must be affixed to the front and back of a vehicle if its driver is a learner under instruction.)

Get Used to Your L-Plates! I Am Your Instructor

Then the Lord said, “I am your instructor, and it’s time to get used to your L-Plates! Don’t become complacent! You must never stop being prepared to learn and grow! This is how you move forward into the fullness I have planned for you! The vehicle represents your giftings and the ministries I have given you.

“Just like a learner driver must have an instructor always sitting beside them to qualify them to learn to drive on the roads, I am your instructor. I am the one who qualifies you, teaches you and guides you as you move forward in your giftings and the ministry I have for you! The journey I have ahead for you is great. We will travel the roads together; I will never leave you.”

“We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ. It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant…” (2 Cor. 3:4-6 NLT)

Then, in a vision, the Lord showed me a person sitting in a vehicle in their driveway. They were sitting idle, not going anywhere, gripped with self-doubt and fear, believing they were unable to drive the vehicle. Then the Lord opened the door. He was the instructor and He sat in the car next to them. He gave instructions about the vehicle and about what they needed to do to get moving. He handed them an L-Plate and said, “Today everything changes…IF you will trust Me!”

The person took hold of the L-Plates, put them on the vehicle, listened to the instructor and started to move. The instructor was teaching them and showing them where to go and what to do. They were learning, growing in confidence, and covering great ground as they went.

Don’t Go It Alone

Then the Lord showed me another vision. I saw some people driving very confidently with their L-Plates on. Then they stopped and opened the passenger door and told the instructor that he can hop out and they can drive on their own now. They threw off the L-Plates and started driving the roads without the instructor. Most of these people just stuck to the familiar roads. The went backwards and forwards, round and round, never venturing into new territory and only traveling the roads they have already been down.

Just like a learner driver must have an instructor always sitting beside them to qualify them to learn to drive on the roads, I am your instructor.

When these people came to a new road or a crossroad, it was unfamiliar to them! They would ask themselves, “Where do I go now? What do I do here?” Most would just turn around and go back to the old familiar road, but some chose to venture down this unfamiliar road. As they traveled it, they missed important signs and they missed directions. They became tunnel-visioned and ultimately got completely off-track and lost.

They eventually pulled over to the side of the road and sat idle, gripped by fear and completely lost. They realized that to travel these new roads and new territory, they are not meant to do this alone! They understood they needed their instructor back in the vehicle to show them where to go and what to do! They needed to be willing to put their L-Plates back on and learn!

God spoke to me and said, “If My people are waiting to be fully qualified, they will be waiting for a very long time! They will sit idle, with the engine running, going no-where. Or if My people are wanting to go it alone, they will not be able to move forward into new territory and will miss what I have planned for them.”

He continued to say, “The path I have planned for you is far greater than you know! But we MUST travel it together! Today I am calling you to be willing to put on your L-Plates and to stop sitting idle. Stop listening to the lies of the enemy that you are not good enough or not qualified enough! Put aside self-doubt, fears, complacency and distractions. Have faith in Me, for I qualify you!

“I will show you which way to go and I will never leave you or forsake you. Will you trust Me and listen to My instruction? We will travel a great distance together, we will go places you never thought possible. IF you are willing to never stop learning and growing, you will be able to move forward with confidence into all I have called you to be.”

Let’s pray this prayer together from Psalm 25:4-10:

“Lord, direct me throughout my journey, so I can experience Your plans for my life. Reveal the life-paths that are pleasing to You. Escort me along the way; take me by the hand and teach me. For You are the God of my increasing salvation; I have wrapped my heart into Yours! Forgive my failures as a young man and overlook the sins of my immaturity. Give me grace, Lord! Always look at me through Your eyes of love – Your forgiving eyes of mercy and compassion. When You think of me, see me as one You love and care for. How good You are to me! When people turn to You, they discover how easy You are to please – so faithful and true! Joyfully You teach them the proper path, even when they go astray. Keep showing the humble Your path and lead them into the best decision. Bring revelation-light that trains them in the truth. All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful for those who follow the ways of His covenant.”

Helen Cobanov
His Light Tower

Email: hislighttower@hotmail.com
Website: www.hislighttower.com

Helen Cobanov has a passion to ignite God’s children and awaken the dormant ones. Her heart is to encourage people across the nations of this world to rise up and step into the fullness of all God has for them. Over the years God has been filling Helen with prophetic words, songs, dreams and visions. Through her ministry, God is using Helen to speak into the hearts and lives of others, teaching people to fully embrace all God has for them. Helen is married to Daniel and they have two teenage sons. She is actively involved in her local church and Women’s Ministry


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Everything is changing and there is no looking back. I believe this word because I am finding every day is changing in some way for me starting a couple of weeks back. I find things of the past are drifting or rushing away and fading out of my life and mind. I’ve struggled with it with tears, anger and despair. It is hard to let go of what we are used to and comfortable with even if it isn’t the best thing for us. I love adventure but this new world we are moving into is a little scary because we didn’t plan or orchestrate it! It feels like jumping off a cliff with no parachute. We are just going with the directing of God or fighting against it and the feeling of control is out the window. It truly is flying blind and nobody is comfortable with that. This time we are in now calls for every scrap of trust in God that we can muster and a clinging to Him as many of us have never really done. We just have to hang on for the ride my friends as it will have a good ending no matter how it looks now!

Your “Lazarus” Moment is Coming

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by Kathi Pelton

The Spirit of the Lord showed me many people who were feeling dead inside or as if they’d been wrapped in grave clothes and put into a tomb. They cried out to Jesus but He didn’t come though or show up on time. As I saw these people I was suddenly taken into the story of Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha. They had sent word to Jesus that their brother was sick and yet He did not hurry to come. Lazarus then died, was wrapped in grave clothes and put in the tomb where his body laid for four days before Jesus arrived. When Mary saw Him she fell at His feet and said,

“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” John 11:32

I hear the same words in my spirit coming from people who have experienced the enemy and  thief that came to kill, steal and destroy them.

“Lord, if you had been here…”

Jesus wept with Martha and Mary because of his deep love and  compassion for their pain. He loved His friend, Lazarus but He knew all along what He was to do and when He was to do it.

Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance.  “Take away the stone,” he said.

“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”

Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

He will stretch out His hand of victory and be the help that you have cried out for. Do not be afraid because what you see is not the end of your story.  Your Lazarus moment is coming!

When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” John 11:38-44

Your story is not over! Though it seems that Jesus has delayed in coming when you prayed; what He will do for you will cause you to see the glory of God. He will raise you up and demand that the grave clothes are taken off of you. He will do for you what you cannot do for yourself and His glory will be seen.

Your resurrection is coming and the Resurrected King is right on time.

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

He will stretch out His hand of victory and be the help that you have cried out for. Do not be afraid because what you see is not the end of your story.  Your Lazarus moment is coming!

Kathi Pelton
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kathi@inscribeministries.com


Been waiting for a chance to use that picture I found some time ago!! I knew a time would come when it would fit what God was prophesying! I’m ready to leave that grave for sure and see the Glory of God in my life and the life of others! And it is coming! I see a line of light as the stone is starting to move!

Sharing my heart and the heart of the Father from my Prison of Hope! Be blessed and trust God above all. ~ Charlene  https://www.facebook.com/Zephyrmorning

How To Inoculate Yourself (And Your Children) Against Entitlement

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Chris Vallotton

This twenty-first-century generation is the most creative, innovative and inventive generation ever to have graced this planet. They will cure cancer, eradicate poverty and create a global community that embraces and perpetuates peace . . . or they will utterly fail. I have a sense that if this generation (and if you’re reading this that includes you) doesn’t inoculate against entitlement, it will sabotage our potential success. You may think that’s a bit extreme but allow me to explain my thoughts with a personal story.

Christmas in the Vallotton Home

Christmas has always been the most celebrated holiday in our family. We did not have a lot of money when our kids were growing up, but we always did our best to make sure that each of our children had at least one really great gift under the Christmas tree. Now, we have eight grandchildren, and our financial situation has improved dramatically. Our celebrations have taken on sort of an air-of-prosperity that at times seemed a little overboard and dysfunctional to me.

The whole thing came to a climax at Christmas 2012. That year, each of our children and grandchildren gave Kathy a “Christmas want list,” as has been our tradition for more than three decades. But unlike most years, where Kathy would sift through the list and choose a few things for each person, she instead decided to get them everything on all their lists.

By the time Christmas Day arrived, the tree had literally disappeared beneath the gifts that were stacked to the ceiling. Morning came early and we gathered around the Christmas tree and began to tell the Baby Jesus story. The narrative concluded and I began to give out the gifts. Nearly two hours passed as wrapping paper slowly filled every empty spot on the floor. Suddenly, a whimper to my left broke ranks with our laughter…

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…the room grew strangely silent. I noticed that my daughter was whispering a strong correction to one of her children. This child got up from the floor, cheeks streaming with tears, mumbling defiantly all the way to the bedroom. I immediately questioned the child’s mother to determine what had caused the outburst, and I learned that “Grandma missed one gift” from the child’s Christmas list.

“But we bought the kid fifteen presents!” I protested.
“I know, Dad. Don’t worry about it,” my daughter responded.

Kathy retreated to our office and a minute later re-emerged with her Christmas lists in her hand. “I did forget one gift,” she said with compassion. “I’m so sorry,” she explained, while choking back tears. Trying to smooth the situation over, she added, “I’ll go tomorrow and buy the gift I missed.”

The rest of the family joined in on my protest, reassuring her that the child needed to get over it.

I was furious inside but I kept my mouth shut, not wanting to ruin Christmas for everyone else. However, Christmas was wrecked for me! I could not go to sleep that night. I just lay there reflecting on my grandchild’s attitude and musing over our failure to instill gratitude in them.

In our quest to bless our family, we had unknowingly sown seeds of entitlement into the soil of their little hearts for years. I determined to fix the problem. I wanted no part in raising spoiled brats who would grow up to become monetary monsters!

Gratitude over Entitlement

Kathy and I decided that Christmas 2013 was going to be different. We would atone for the transgressions of the past holidays and begin to instill gratitude into our beautiful, young, ungrateful creatures.

Our plan was to buy them each one great gift. But most importantly, we decided to choose some extremely poor families with children and have our grandkids buy gifts for them (with our money), and then deliver them on Christmas Day.

When Christmas Day finally arrived, we loaded up the gifts and drove to the apartment complex to give the presents to the children. All seven of the grandkids we had at the time stood silently at the front door of the first apartment. I lined up all the grandkids facing the door, gifts in hand, and knocked. The door opened and smoke poured out over the threshold as a maybe forty-year-old woman emerged from a dark, smoky room.

“Merry Christmas!” we all shouted in unison. Suddenly, eight little kids rushed the door from the inside, fighting for who was going to get out first. Our kids sheepishly handed them their gifts, and all of us watched with our hearts in our throats as they hurried back into the front room, where the floor was covered in wall-to-wall mattresses. They ripped the wrapping paper off their gifts, laughing and screaming as each present was unveiled.

We just stood there speechless, trying to wrap our brains around the intense pain, which was somehow intermingled with this peculiar joy our hearts were experiencing.The scene repeated itself two more times that afternoon as we completed our Christmas mission. It is hard to explain my grandchildren’s moods as we got in our cars and headed back to the house to finish our own gift exchange. But it should suffice to say that they never complained about their gifts again!

The Fine Line Between Entitlement and Inheritance

This story played out in my family, but I see it playing out all over society and even in the Church. The challenge with each generation building on the next generation’s accomplishments is that we often forget the sacrifice it took to give us such an amazing inheritance. We tend not to value it because we did not work for it, and consequently, we don’t do what is necessary to sustain it. Just as we had to remind our grandkids to be thankful, and remember that our family didn’t always have so much, we as a Church family have to remind ourselves of the same.

The Power of Thanksgiving

An attitude of thanksgiving is the only effective inoculation against entitlement and pride. So how do you inoculate yourself? Take time to proactively remember and recount the perseverance and sacrifice of others. The moment we lose sight of the historic exploits of our forefathers and foremothers, we begin to digress into “privileged thinking,” and inheritance becomes entitlement.

Today I want to challenge you practice tangible gratitude and write down 5 things about the generation before you that you’re thankful for. What challenges did they overcome so that you don’t have to? What life lessons did they instill in you that you’re still benefiting from today? Share these with the young people in your life!

If you’re a parent, then I want to encourage you to make sure your children hear the stories of the generations before you. Beyond that, expose them to people who are different from them. Help them experience the world bigger than the four walls of your house.

What aspects about the generation before you do you want to carry into your own legacy? What are you thankful for regarding those who built before you?


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I liked that word and wish more people would train their kids like that. I cringe when I’m in a store and see kids pitching fits and throwing themselves on the floor in a tantrum because they can’t put everything they want in the cart. I know I’m old generation but I’m thankful for the lessons my parents taught me about being thankful for what I had. I grew up in a “poor” family as far as money was concerned but we were not poor in love, joy, thankfulness and gratitude. I have had years in my life where hard times came and if I’d had an entitlement mentality I would have been unable to get through. Being taught correctly from the beginning is for the sake of the kids and society. A culture is changed each generation according to how the children are taught and grow up; earning your way through life or feeling entitled to everything and the anger that comes with not getting what you want. We have that right now with so many young people feeling cheated if they have to work and can’t just put their hand out for everything. You can see culture changing in many western countries and the enemy uses that to bring about his agenda. If only parents could see how it is hurting their children and shaping their lives to become adults with entitlement mentality. God has given us the gift of children and He expects us to bring them up living by His rules and having joy and peace that He brings through obedience.

Sharing my heart and the heart of the Father from my Prison of Hope! Be blessed and trust God above all. ~ Charlene  https://www.facebook.com/Zephyrmorning

 

 

8 Things That Mark A True Apostolic Church

Joe Joe Dawson

There is an Awakening coming to the American church that will rock the church to her core. The Lord is about to realign the things that are out of place in our church culture.

Jesus Christ the Apostle to the church set the church in order by the Twelve. Jesus Himself knew the church must be built on people burning for God and not programs and gimmicks. He spent three years with these 12 men and developed them, walked with them and lived life with them. After the developmental stage was completed with the disciples, Jesus told them to go and stay in Jerusalem and pray until God Himself sent the Holy Spirit.

Ten days later the Holy Spirit came in like a flood and the church was birthed. Then they left and went unto the town and Peter the wild one spoke and thousands were changed by the power of the Holy Spirit that was on his life. Let’s look at three very important parts to this revival that happened.

First there was complete unity in the upper room. Second they all prayed and third they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Now these are the very same three things that you never seem to see in a lot of in the church today. The church was formed from a prayer meeting that was completed after the Holy Spirit came. Most churches refuse the Holy Spirit and deny the prayer meetings. The prayer service is the most important service of the week, but it’s the most frequency cancelled service and least likely to be attended.

I have never understood why if our Apostle Jesus Christ created the church through prayer and the Holy Spirit why so many people would reject these two. The Holy Spirit is the one who convicts us of our sins and the comforter. Pat Schatzline says, “The Holy Spirit has been fired in most churches today.” When men are secure of whom they are in God, then they allow the Holy Spirit to have freedom. God wants His church back and He is very passionate about His plan for America.

I know awakening is coming to America and I believe it will come to regions that have a heart to help steward revival and outpouring. It seems to me that key places throughout America have been catching on fire for God recently. These spots are called Revival Centers, Revival hubs, Apostolic Centers or Epic Centers. They all have a few things in common.

  1. They all have great expectancy. These places are full of people who are so hungry for God; they are ready for more of Him. Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” The Scripture starts by calling them blessed then finishes by saying they will be filled.
  2. There is an increasing amount of the power and presence of God. The glory is there and its drawing people in. James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” When we draw near, we start to repent and turn our lives over and completely surrender to Jesus.
  3. Increased amounts of the prophetic; these places have more people who are tapping into what God is saying over their region.
  4. More prayer meetings are formed. People are starting to gather together and sow verbal seeds into the ground and cry out for a move of God’s Spirit. They stand on Jeremiah 33:3, which says, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.” People are ready for the great and mighty things the Lord promises us.
  5. People will start confessing sin, and will raise their standard of living. Groups in churches will start to hold one another accountable for things that they used to let slide.
  6. You will find people studying old revivals and purchasing books on them.
  7. Increased attacks and criticism from others in your region. As long as you are doing good, safe church. everyone will love you. When Jesus asked the people a hard thing, like eat My flesh and drink My blood, the majority left Him. When awakening begins, God will require more of you. Some will be unwilling to pay the price and will be frustrated with those who are.
  8. You will find a shift in people’s private time with God and a new outlook on ministry.

The church will get back to the original apostolic alignment that Jesus Christ Himself put into place. We have an Awakening in America; the question is will you be a part of it?


Sharing my heart and the heart of the Father from my Prison of Hope! Be blessed and trust God above all. ~ Charlene  https://www.facebook.com/Zephyrmorning

Let My People Go!

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by Jo Ellen Stevens

Tell Pharaoh: “LET MY PEOPLE GO!” Then Head to the Promised Land!

A Warning Dream for the Church

I had a dream that I was in a place where people were worshiping. In the dream, the people began asking me to sing a song I used to sing—a song that really carried the anointing back in the day.

When I got up to sing, it was as if they didn’t have the right equipment to play the song, but I tried to sing it anyway.

In the congregation, I also noticed a woman from my past who used to try and sing the song with me. I recognized this woman represented the religious system—I felt that if she sang with me, that she would drown out my voice.

The Taskmaster is Stopping the Gifts in Our Children!

Next in the dream, I walked into a separate room on the side, where there were several children of all different ages. Some were teens, one was a grade school kid and one was a baby. They were all very sullenly doing activities such as drawing, reading, singing, etc. The scene was very dark and gloomy.

I remember there was a cruel man in the dream as well, who I recognized as a ”cruel taskmaster”. This “Gestapo” looking man had a kind of whip in his hand, and if the children didn’t do their activities HIS way, he would hit them with this instrument to inflict pain and to keep them in line with the ideas of his horrible way of thinking.

I then looked over and saw a baby crying in the corner, he didn’t have a blanket or covering. I went to him to try and cover him up, but the cruel man uncovered him again, and beat me away from him.

I cried and cried at the sight of the children’s bondage. When I woke up, I looked at my Facebook messages—a woman had sent me a message about a dream she had involving wolves in America trying to attack the children. After reading this, I asked God, “Okay Lord, what are You saying?”

It is Time to Come Out of Bondage and Cover the Babies!

I believe this was a warning dream to the American Church—there truly are wolves among us that are trying to devour the gifts and talents of the children, who through the spirit of religion, are being stifled and shut down in their expression of who God is in their lives.

I believe the Lord said that if we do not break away from the old traditions (just as I needed to in my dream) and do things God’s way—God is doing a NEW THING in the earth—that our children will also be under this hard taskmaster (who represents religion) and will not be able to become the expression of God to their generation!

God is wanting us to COVER THESE BABIES by pulling them out of this place of bondage, but first we must realize that the old ways do not work anymore!

While I was seeking the Lord about this, I heard Him speak to me something that the later prophet Kim Clement used to say: “You have never, ever been this way before.”

LET MY PEOPLE GO!

In this season, I believe God is saying: ”LET MY PEOPLE GO SO THEY CAN BE FREE TO EXPRESS WHO I AM IN THEIR GIFTS, TALENTS AND CALLINGS!

“‘Yes, let My people go!’ Proclaim to this evil taskmaster, RELIGION, and tell him he can never hold you or your children, or your children’s children, anymore!”

The Lord is telling us, “You can never go back to Egypt, believing that it will work— it will not! You can never go back the way you did in the past and expect it to bring the move of God! You can never go back to the old, because I have slammed the door on that!

“Say to that taskmaster, ‘LET MY PEOPE GO! LET MY FAMILY GO!’

“LET THE CHURCH ARISE AND HEAD TOWARD THE PROMISE LAND, FOR WHEN YOU DO, YOU WILL COME OUT HEALED AND WITH ALL THE RICHES YOU NEED TO MAKE THE JOURNEY!”

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God has been speaking about this for quite a while now and still a lot of people and churches are hanging on to their old ways of doing things and are not willing to move forward with God. I was talking about this to one woman and she said, “well it takes a long time for people to change, you can’t just push them into it.” I feel sorry for all those who think like that. God is moving very quickly now and all the talk of acceleration is how He is moving and we must be willing to move with Him at His speed. That is part of trusting Him to have a good plan for us.

Sharing my heart and the heart of the Father from my Prison of Hope! Be blessed and trust God above all. ~ Charlene  https://www.facebook.com/Zephyrmorning

The 8th Mountain – The Mountain of the Lord

mountain of God15Dr. Bruce Cook, Seattle, WA

Several well-known prophets in the Body of Christ have proclaimed 2018 as an extraordinary year of turnaround, open gates, restoration, recovery, harvest, fulfillment and abundance. I share this word as a confirmation of what lies before us and to encourage and strengthen the Body of Christ globally, and especially Christian entrepreneurs, business and financial leaders, government leaders and church leaders.

Those with a Gospel mandate know that this is a time of new strategies, new fields and planting for harvest. For those saints called to the marketplace, this is the time for developing plans to increase Kingdom influence over the 7 Mountains of cultural influence – arts & entertainment, business & economy, education, family, government & law, media and religion.

However, as God’s leaders develop strategies and pathways to expand territory in their mountains or spheres of influence, it is important to remember that ultimate success depends upon how familiar they are with the Mountain of the Lord, also known as the 8th Mountain. It has been almost 43 years since August of 1975 when Loren Cunningham, Bill Bright, and Frances Schaeffer received separate but nearly identical visions of the 7 Mountains. Yet, in over four decades, significant and sustainable societal transformation has not yet happened. Why is that?

Relevance vs. Rapture Focus

An “abundant life” means a life well lived: a life of service to others, a life of influence and purpose, and destiny.

For decades, the Church and many theologians have been asking and teaching a one-dimensional question: Are you rapture ready? The result has been a Church that, to a large extent in modern times, has viewed and focused on Heaven as something exclusively reserved for the future and not available to us in the present as well. Fortunately, that attitude and mindset has begun to change in recent years, in part through the writings and videos of Rick Joyner, Bill Johnson, Lance Wallnau, Johnny Enlow, Kathie Walters, Kat Kerr, Shawn Bolz and many others, and media ministries such as those of Patricia King, Steve Shultz, Steve Strang and Sid Roth.

Moreover for the most part with a few notable exceptions, the modern Church has viewed and treated culture, the marketplace and government, as dangerous, secular and tainted. The prevailing attitude has been that culture is to be tolerated and endured as a necessary evil, and contact or involvement with it is to be avoided or minimized as much as possible.

Where are the Cultural Champions Today?

Not surprisingly, modern culture has experienced a significant spiritual deterioration and moral decline over the last 75 years, and the Church has lost influence and relevance in the eyes of society and cultural elites. God is not a one-dimensional being, and neither are His Kingdom and the world we live in one-dimensional. Where are the Martin Luthers, the George Washingtons, the William Wilberforces, the Abraham Kuypers, the Abraham Lincolns, the Harriet Tubmans, the Martin Luther King Jr’s of this age?

Fortunately, God is raising up cultural champions from the Church, and beginning to reverse this trend and bring Western culture back to its roots of Judeo-Christian heritage and values.

Yahweh is a Personal God and Desires Intimacy

We can have a real and personal relationship with God now, while on earth, just as Jesus did during His earthly life, and just as other saints throughout history have done, including Job, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Daniel, Esther, David, Elijah, Mary the mother of Jesus, and the early apostles.

A strong, vibrant relationship with the living God is a basic right and responsibility of every Kingdom citizen and spiritual son and daughter of the King of kings and Lord of lords. Effective spiritual leaders know God in an intimate way rather than just knowing about God on an intellectual or emotional level. Those who walk in this reality will have a competitive advantage over others and make a crucial difference in transforming the culture. 

Knowing God and communing with God is part of our basic stewardship, birthright and inheritance as children of God and joint heirs of grace, salvation, eternal life and the Kingdom of Heaven with our elder brother Jesus. Just as Abraham and Enoch were known as friends of God, David was called a man after God’s own heart, and the Lord God walked with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden in the cool of the day, so you and I need to develop and cultivate our own intimate relationship with God. 

The Chief of the Mountains

Mountains in Scripture refer to kingdoms, authority, rule and dominion. Micah 4 and Isaiah 2 both speak of the Mountain of the Lord being exalted above the mountains and hills – that is, above the kingdoms and dominions of the earth. The Mountain of the Lord is “the chief of the mountains” – the governing mountain above all others.

“And it will come about in the last days that the mountain of the house of the Lord will be established as the chief of the mountains. It will be raised above the hills, and the peoples will stream to it.” (Micah 4:1, NASB)

Amos 4:13 says, “He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals His thoughts to man, He who turns dawn to darkness, and treads the high places of the earth—the Lord God Almighty is His name” (NIV).

God not only rules the mountains, He formed and created them. Just as Mount Everest is the highest point on earth, the Mountain of the Lord – the 8th Mountain – is the highest point in the universe, and is Heaven itself.

How Do We Climb the Mountain of the Lord?

The success of all that we are and do, along with transformation of the culture, depends upon the foundation of our relationship with the Lord. Spending time on the 8th Mountain will transform, empower and equip those who are called to exercise influence over the 7 mountains of culture. We will love our neighbors as ourselves and practice the golden rule to those around us. Equity and justice will become the norm, as will peace between nations, for those who know the Lord. 

Climbing or ascending the 8th Mountain means that we: have a passionate hunger and growing love for the Father, develop the mind of Christ, listen to and obey the Spirit’s prompting on a daily basis, and are mature sons of God in the process of becoming friends of God.

Those with a Gospel mandate know that this is a time of new strategies, new fields and planting for harvest.

There are many things to learn from the Mountain of the Lord. We will encounter God through His Word, Spirit, Body, prayer, worship, experiences, revelation, prophetic words, communion and intimacy. We will develop and cultivate humility, honor, faith, favor, love, giving, character, discernment, worship, prayer, intercession, forgiveness, reconciliation, rest, influence, intimacy, wisdom, understanding and discipline.

We will expand our spirits with the spiritual fruits and gifts, and joyfully learn to walk in our true identity as God sees us. We will learn how to exercise and steward influence in our assigned spheres of cultures. We will also encounter fellowship with other Mountain climbers who have joined us for this eternity-long journey.

What Happens When the 8th Mountain is Exalted? 

I believe that the Mountain of the Lord, or the 8th Mountain, is now being exalted above the 7 Mountains of Culture and all of the hills as well. Around the globe, several kings and leaders of nations have now submitted both their nation and their leadership and/or rulership to Heaven. Sheep nations are now arising (Matt. 25:32-33) in the earth. The key is for us to abide in or on the 8th Mountain of God’s presence and to be transformed and empowered in the process.

I am convinced that the 8th Mountain and the divine wisdom that it represents, will now begin releasing or downloading breakthrough solutions to disease, food shortages, water shortages, weather changes, civil conflict, corruption, injustice, pollution, greed, family breakdowns, educational lethargy, economic systems, corporate cultures, governments and more! 

Isaiah 60 Will Be Fulfilled

So, what will happen when God’s glory is poured out upon a people group (the Ekklesia) and not just one man (Solomon) or one nation (Israel)? The results will be noteworthy and extraordinary and will cause Isaiah 60 to be fulfilled; whereby kings from the nations will be attracted to the brightness of our rising and will come from afar bringing their wealth and seeking our wisdom and counsel. That day is now here, and it is time for the Church, the global Body of Christ, to rise up, suit up, show up, and grow up into the fullness of Christ so that His incomparable, surpassing glory and wisdom can be demonstrated through us to the world. 

The “greater works” mentioned in John 14, in my opinion, are simply the works you and I do today, since Jesus ascended to Heaven after being resurrected from the dead and is seated at the right hand of God. You and I are His hands and feet on earth, and He has delegated authority to us as His sons and daughters – the Church. An “abundant life” means a life well lived: a life of service to others, a life of influence and purpose, and destiny and legacy.

This is the most exciting time to be alive since the dawn of creation. It is time to live in boldness, faith and confidence as we do the greater works. The key to that is climbing the 8th Mountain. Daniel 11:32 says, “The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” To truly know God and come into and spend time in His presence is to be changed and empowered.

A new breed of mountaineers is arising who will not settle for anything less. Once again, in our own time, those “who have turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6) will be found in the earth and in the Church.

I bless you and decree and declare divine grace, courage, wisdom, strength, understanding, discernment and favor over you and in you to ascend and abide in the Mountain of the Lord.

Bruce Cook, Ph.D.
Kingdom Congressional International Alliance (KCIA)
Email: Brucecook77@gmail.com
Website: www.kcialliance.org

Dr. Bruce Cook maintains an active schedule of ministry as well as being a tent-maker in business in the marketplace, and is a sought after speaker at conferences, seminars and churches, and is a spiritual father to many sons and daughters in the body of Christ. He is a commissioned apostle and prophet in the Body of Christ, and is the co-founder and Chairman of Kingdom Congressional International Alliance (KCIA), the Founder and CEO of Venture Advisers Inc., the co-founder of www.8thMountain.com, the Pacific Northwest HUB Leader for Global Reformers in the Courts of Heaven, a Prelate with POTUS Shield, and serves on several boards of directors. He and his wife live in the Seattle-Tacoma, Washington area, and are surrounded by many friends.  He became a Christian in 1964 and was ordained in Christian ministry in 1985 and commissioned in 2002, 2006 and 2015.

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Reading a word like this stirs up my mind and spirit. I love seeing or hearing noteworthy people writing and talking about the things I’ve been thinking about for years. I love to share these articles, prophecies and videos because it draws us together as one in God’s plan. We are meeting people with like minds and hearts for God like we have … we are not alone in our desire to be a part of the remnant ready to clear the path and open the gates for our King to come in! These are the most exciting times in the world’s history and we are part of it! We all have our mountain to operate in. A few years back I would never have dreamed of being in the Media mountain but here I am! What an opportunity there is in social media for those who love research, reading and writing or speaking to groups or even to individuals! I marvel at God’s planning to where we can now sit in our home and make a video that reaches the world, sharing God’s love, goodness and salvation. And that is open to all ages. No excuse to not reach out to people anywhere. I’ve had pastors in remote areas ask me if I would preach to their people on Skype! The first time I was asked that I was totally amazed! Jump into the river with your skills, gifting and God’s directing … it is flowing freely from the throne room!

Sharing my heart and the heart of the Father from my Prison of Hope! Be blessed and trust God above all. ~ Charlene  https://www.facebook.com/Zephyrmorning