Billy Graham Passes On From Our Presence

Psalm 116:15 King James Version (KJV)Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.

Back in the 1930’s, a group of farmers in North Carolina prayed for the Lord to raise a vessel to take the Gospel around the world.  Among the farmers were the parents of Billy Franklin Graham, and little did they realize that the Lord would answer their prayer through their son.  At that time, Billy was a gangly youth, more interested in girls and becoming a professional baseball player like Babe Ruth.  While Billy was sowing his wild oats, he became saved at a tent revival with Mordecai Ham preaching.  He surrendered to the ministry while attending Wheaton College.  In his early years, he went into the woods and preached to the trees and to the wildlife around him.  He was called the human windmill because his arms were continually flailing in all directions while he spoke.  Billy started as a hellfire and brimstone preacher, warning people about the wrath of God.  Since then, Billy has preached the Gospel to more people than anyone else in history.  Two hundred million people have heard him preach, and he has spoken in one hundred and fifty countries.  He has counseled every president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.

Like countless Christians, I have been to the Cove Training Center, and to the Billy Graham School of Evangelism.  Billy himself showed up one evening at his school for evangelism straight from Moscow!  I have also seen him preach at the Washington D. C. Convention Center in the early 1980’s.  He had a special anointing.  He said the three reasons his ministry was successful were prayer, prayer and prayer.  He was thrust into the public eye and into American conscience during his 1949 Tent Revival in Los Angeles, California.  The Los Angeles Times encouraged newspapers all over the country to “Puff Billy.”  The rest is history…  Two things happened prior to this watershed tent crusade.  1)Billy ran into Henrietta Mears, who straightened out his theology.  Billy was already influenced by the “all inclusive” message that said Jesus was only one of many ways.  Henrietta taught him how to trust the Word of God and all that it said.  2)Along with his famous mission/crusade team with George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows, they adopted what has been called the “Modesto Manifesto.”  They agreed that while on the road, they would never dine with a woman alone, they would walk circumspectly with a Christian decorum, and that they would handle their finances with integrity.  (Billy received a salary equivalent to that of a pastor of a Baptist Church in a large city).  Another thing Billy is noted for, is breaking down racial barriers in the 1950’s and 1960’s, as he had ropes removed from buildings where his crusades were held.

Billy’s theology stumbled in his latter days, as he made appearances on the Larry King show and Larry baited him, trying to remove him from the belief that Christ alone saves.  I wrote the Billy Graham Evangelic Association (BGEA) about this and much to my amazement, one of their public relations (PR) personnel responded to me.  He said I was right, and that Parkinson’s Disease was affecting his thinking, and that Billy did not really believe all that he said.  To this day I believe his response.  I responded that his family and friends should keep him away from those who desire for him to water down his message of the Gospel.

Billy’s effectiveness was due to his living an exemplary life of Jesus Christ, and his unbelievable humility.  99% of preachers/pastors could not handle the ministry that Billy had without falling into the sin of pride, lust and coveting.  Praise the Lord that his son Franklin sounds just like his dad, and every time I hear Franklin, I hear his father also.  Billy left this planet at daybreak, Wednesday, February 21, 2018.  He is now at the place that he always preached about.  The first thing Billy said he would ask God is:  “Why did you pick me to preach to so many people all around the globe?”  May I close with Billy’s signature words that he shared with everyone:  “God loves you.”  Amen and amen.  I am happy for Billy’s legacy, his faithfulness, and the continuation of his ministry.  Yet I miss his presence already.  Earth’s loss is heaven’s gain.  Billy faithfully preached the message of “salvation through faith in Jesus Christ” and is a prophet without tarnish.  Now Billy is hearing the Words:  “Well done, good and faithful servant.”    All Because Of Him, Pastor Steve  <><

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Billy Graham, Influential Evangelist and Friend to U.S. Presidents, Dies at 99
February 21 2018

The Rev. Billy Graham, one of the most influential religious figures in U.S. history and a trusted adviser to decades of U.S. presidents, has died, according to the Associated Press. He was 99.
Graham was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease since 1992.
For decades starting with Harry Truman, Graham would be seen at the side of U.S. presidents as he served as a valued counselor, during both their brightest days and their sleepless nights. “People in power have spiritual and personal needs like everyone else, and often they have no one to talk to,” the evangelist said in 2011.
As a religious figure, Graham extended his influence beyond the Southern Baptist community to become a respected figure around the world. “Billy Graham stood in the glare of public scrutiny with U.S. presidents and other heads of state more than any other Christian leader,” wrote Stephen Rankin of the “Confessor-in-Chief” in 2014.
Noting that technology had made it possible for an evangelist to preach to everyone and anyone, he said, “It has literally become possible to proclaim the Gospel to the entire world.” And, that the evangelist did: On his website, it was claimed that Graham had “preached the Gospel message to more than 215 million people in over 185 countries.”
William Franklin Graham was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Nov. 7, 1918. As a youth, he dreamed of playing baseball, but after studying at Bob Jones University, the Florida Bible Institute and Wheaton College, he began his career as a pastor in the Chicago suburbs. He was soon preaching about Christ to eager servicemen returning from the carnage of World War II.
In July 1945, he became a preacher for Youth for Christ International, a crusade that combined traditional values, patriotism and some modern razzle-dazzle.
Emphatically patriotic and disdainful of communism and other “isms,” Graham proved to be the right person for an unsettled age, drawing large crowds. In 1949, he drew national attention with an eight-week crusade in Los Angeles.
“Billy Graham seemed fated to reign as the unifying figure behind evangelical Christianity,” wrote Barbara Cady in “Icons of the 20th Century.” “No one was more energetic and wholesome, no one more staggeringly handsome and charismatic.”

For Graham, the Bible was universal truth, and Christ represented the path to salvation. “Choose this day the road to travel into eternity,” he preached. “Don’t think there are three choices — yes, no and wait — for you may never have another opportunity.”
The idea that a high-tech modern world could undermine these truths was repellent to him. “The great all-prevailing Truth stands for time and eternity,” he preached.
Even if there was nothing particularly new about his message, it resonated with many.
“What Billy Graham may have revived in modern times, above all,” wrote Paul A. Carter in 1974’s “Encyclopedia of American Biography,” “is revivalism itself.”
“When he appeared on the national scene at the end of World War II,” Carter continued, ‘Graham’s style of evangelism — fervent, vivid, Biblical — was widely believed to be a quaint survival of folk religion soon destined to disappear. Graham has quite clearly shown otherwise.”
Television expanded his reach, as did the more than 30 books he wrote. His preaching would take him around the globe, even behind the Iron Curtain amid the Cold War. He visited American troops during wartime. And his evangelism would take him to Washington, where Graham was a counselor to American leaders.
“Graham’s meetings with every President since Harry Truman were no accident: Both the preacher and the presidents had their reasons — sometimes spiritual, sometimes political, usually both — for getting together,” wrote Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy in Time magazine in 2010, after President Barack Obama paid a visit to Graham.
In 1952, Graham became the first to hold formal religious service on the Capitol steps. That was part of a five-week crusade in Washington and a heady time for Graham and other modern evangelists.
“If I could run for president of the United States today, on a platform of calling the people back to God, back to Christ, back to the Bible, I’d be elected,” he said, according to William Martin in “With God On Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America.” “There is a hunger for God today.”
Though Truman was the first to welcome Graham to the Oval Office, Eisenhower was the first president to get close to him, seeking Graham’s help with an inaugural prayer. In turn, Graham helped persuade Eisenhower of the merits of holding a National Prayer Breakfast, which began in 1953. Graham would counsel Eisenhower after a heart attack and, years later, as he was dying.
Different presidents had different reasons for connecting with Graham. Ronald Reagan, for instance, was a friend, dating back years before he became president.
“My father has never sought really to be the friend of presidents,” the Rev. Franklin Graham, his son and successor, said in 2004. “It has just happened to come his direction.”
Graham offered guidance during tough times. President Gerald Ford discussed his plans to pardon Richard M. Nixon, President George H.W. Bush invited him to the White House at the start of the first Gulf War, and President Bill Clinton sought Graham’s counsel during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Perhaps most dramatically, Graham counseled President Lyndon Johnson soon after the assassination of President John Kennedy. “In their first visit, scheduled for 15 minutes but stretched to five hours, the two farm boys who had ridden their talent, ambition and energy to the pinnacle of their respective professions found they had more to offer each other than either had ever imagined,” according to “With God On Our Side.”
Graham frequently visited Johnson at the White House and his ranch in Texas. “Johnson struggled with doubts about his salvation,” Rankin wrote. “On one of many car rides around the ranch, he parked the car and asked Graham to share the gospel with him once again. ”
In 1965, Johnson asked Graham to go to Selma, Alabama, to help calm racial tensions there. Graham would officiate at LBJ’s funeral in 1973.
President George W. Bush credited Graham’s guidance for leading him to faith in Christ, and Graham would serve as a witness to his character. “I believe in the integrity of this man,” Graham said late in the 2000 campaign. “I’ve known him as a boy. I’ve known him as a young man. And we’re very proud of him.”
In 2010, Obama visited Graham at his home in Montreat, North Carolina. Obama later recalled the visit: “91 years old at the time, facing various health challenges, he welcomed me as he would welcome a family member or a close friend. This man who had prayed great prayers that inspired a nation, this man who seemed larger than life, greeted me and was as kind and as gentle as could be.”
Because of his reputation, Graham was someone who connected the dots in Washington. When GOP presidential nominee Nixon wanted to convey a message to President Johnson in 1968, it was Graham who did so. When a newly elected Georgia governor went to Washington, it was Graham who introduced Jimmy Carter to President Nixon.
Carter had met the evangelist when he was working in 1955 as a Graham volunteer on behalf of integration in Georgia. Early in his public life, Graham had become a supporter of civil rights, holding integrated crusades in otherwise segregated places.
“In 1953, after the sponsoring committee of his Chattanooga crusade balked at his demand that seating be open to all, he went to the crusade tabernacle and personally removed the ropes marking the section section removed for blacks,” according to “With God On Our Side.”
In 1957, Graham encouraged Eisenhower to send troops to Arkansas to compel the admission of black students to Little Rock Central High School. Graham also preached with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., though Graham’s abhorrence for the disorder of public protest would keep him from attending events such as the March on Washington.
Graham consistently professed neutrality in political matters, though there were times that didn’t seem to hold true.
In 1960, for instance, Graham was clearly supportive of Nixon, his longtime friend. He was troubled by Kennedy’s liberalism and wary of having a Catholic president.
Nixon lost, but Graham remained close to him and after Nixon was elected in 1968, Graham was a strong presence in Nixon’s presidency. The two frequently discussed political and theological matters, and Graham clearly backed Nixon during his 1972 reelection campaign. “You know how I love you,” Graham told the president in a 1973 phone call after a Nixon speech.
Watergate tainted Graham’s legacy a bit. For one thing, Graham was overheard making anti-Semitic remarks on one of Nixon’s Oval Office tapes. (Graham apologized when the tape surfaced.) For another, he remained a steadfast supporter of Nixon deep into the scandal. “When the worst came out, it was nearly unbearable for me,” he later said of Nixon’s deceptions.
Graham did have his critics. Some progressives objected to his conservatism on social issues and found his viewpoint tainted by his relentless anti-communism. He would also find himself criticized by fundamentalists who thought his outlook too generous to those of other faiths. “To this day,” wrote Bruce Bawer in the 1997 book “Stealing Jesus: How Fundamentalism Betrays Christianity,” “fundamentalists despise Graham as a sellout because he affirms the value of Catholic and Jewish faith.”
Regardless, there was no doubt that he had done much to shape spiritual life in America. His many honors included a Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded in 1983 by Reagan. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.
In 1955, Graham placed in the top 10 of the Gallup Poll’s most admired men in America. In 2017, he was still on the list, tied for fourth with Sen. John McCain and Elon Musk. It was Graham’s 61st time on the list, by far the most ever.
“He has reached out to all people — black or white, American or foreign, man or woman — for opportunities to serve God,” Jimmy Carter said in 2007. “My testimony is that I am just one of tens of millions of people whose spiritual lives have been shaped by Billy Graham.”
The evangelist’s wife, Ruth Bell Graham, died in June 2007.
“As I look back,” Graham wrote in 2012, “I see how God’s hand guided me. I sense His Spirit with me today, and most comforting is the knowledge that He will not forsake me during this last stretch as I am nearing home. If that doesn’t give me a sense of hope, nothing else will.”
Reported by: David Cohen – Politico
By Prophecy in the News| February 21st, 2018|Tags: Christian News, Dies at 99, Evangelist, Friend to U.S. Presidents, Prophecy News, Rev. Billy Graham

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How Sin And The Law Of Sowing And Reaping Can Destroy A Nation

Back in the 1980’s, after my wife and I had our young family going, we discussed what would be the outcome in our nation because so many babies were being aborted.  Just last month, (January, 2018) on the “anniversary” of Roe vs. Wade, we officially passed the 60,000,000 number of abortions.  Butchering one baby is a travesty, and hard to imagine, but for an entire nation to engage in mass infanticide is very difficult to wrap our minds around.  Do you realize that this enormous number is one fifth of our current population of 300,000,000?  So the next time you and I wonder why our nation is being taken over by illegal immigrants, pagans, Radical Islamists, and various other people groups who share not our American values, just realize that our chickens are simply coming home to roost.  What goes around comes around.  The following scriptures answer us best:

Ecclesiastes 11:1 King James Version (KJV)  “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.”

Galatians 6:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”

The dilemma that our nation has found itself in (we do not even have a young work force to support our nation) can best be summed up in the following passage:  Hosea 8:7a King James Version (KJV)  “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind…”

Proverbs 14:34 King James Version (KJV)
“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

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How can God bless a nation who legally kill their young?  Our only hope is genuine repentance followed by revival.

Pastor Steve  <><

 

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1)Mohammed : Arab Muslim became Christian Paul…Testimony 2)Sunni Muslim Sandra encountered with Truth.. Beautiful Testimony

Other Testimonies Of Muslims Being Won To Christ:

Smart Ex Muslim Preacher Girl…God’s Love @ Hyde Park, London  Part 2 /2 Below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EiGYVP8VoE

 ….and they go on and on and on.  Go to You Tube and enter Testimonies From Muslims Who Became Christians.

Artificial Intelligence & The Coming Global Empire

The following article sounds like science fiction but it is not.  Do not be intimidated by the following article, as fallen man focuses on his “utopia” and the New World Order (NWO) without God.  These are prominent signs of the soon return of Jesus Christ.  Jesus Himself said, “When all these things begin to happen, look up for your salvation is near!” (Luke 21:28). In fact, He said the generation witnessing these signs will not pass away before He returns (Matthew 24:34). The appearance of these signs is the #1 indicator the end of the age and the Second Coming of Jesus are near.  For the first time in history, we see those signs. They’re all around us. So don’t doubt it. Jesus is coming!

Note:  It is also important to keep in mind that the availability of technology does not mean it will be used immediately.  The atom bomb was first used seventy three years ago at the close of World War II, but by the grace of God, has not been used since.  The Artificial Intelligence (AI) you see below, is currently being discovered and refined, yet will not become a danger to mankind until it is mass produced and under the dominion of evil leaders.  This, of course, is all under the hand of God’s sovereignty and is where prayer comes in for we Christians.

Yours in Christ, Pastor Steve <><

 

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Artificial Intelligence & The Coming Global Empire
By Britt Gillette February 16, 2018
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A series of recent news stories have highlighted the massive advances made in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). Several of those focus on China’s Yitu Technologies, a company at the forefront of AI development. Yitu created a technology called Dragonfly.

Dragonfly can search and analyze billions of photographs and locate a single person in a matter of seconds. Connected to cameras in the Shanghai Metro, it identified over 500 criminals in a three month period. It’s so powerful it can recognize people wearing disguises. And it can identify people using pictures that are more than 30 years old.

Think of the power this gives the Chinese government. As Dragonfly connects to every camera in the nation, criminals will have nowhere to hide. Unfortunately, no one else will either. Chinese dissidents, political activists, ethnic minorities, Christians, and other “enemies of the state” will also have nowhere to hide. And it’s quite unlikely China will be the only state to take advantage of this technology.

The Rise of Big Brother

In George Orwell’s novel 1984, we’re first introduced to “Big Brother” – an omnipresent, all-powerful and “well-intentioned” totalitarian regime. The book’s hero, Winston Smith, lives in a world where every citizen is under 24/7 surveillance. Personal privacy doesn’t exist.

 Government controls every part of life. Monitors in Winston’s apartment spy on him when he’s home. Other devices spy on him when he’s not home. Hidden cameras and microphones capture his words, deeds, and even his facial expressions. His mail is opened, and “thought police” search for and arrest any citizens who dare to have thoughts or feelings outside of those sanctioned by Big Brother and the ruling elite.

Winston’s world is a place of absolute government control. No conversation, movement, or transaction goes unnoticed. The government is watching – always. In the decades since Orwell first released 1984, people have marveled at what they see as great insight into our future.

And they’re right to do so. Because 1984 is becoming our reality. And unfortunately, Yitu Technologies and Dragonfly are just a small part of what’s coming. Why do I say that? Because we’re only in the first stages of the AI revolution.

What’s Coming

In the near future, technologies like Dragonfly will be commonplace. And the ability to see and hear everything will be even easier for government. Unfortunately, while most people object to this type of surveillance and invasion of privacy, their everyday actions bring it closer and closer to reality. How? Many people voluntarily reveal the most intimate details of their lives.

They upload pictures of themselves and their friends to Facebook, and they tag them so AI systems can recognize them. They reveal personal information on Snapchat and Twitter. And they set up devices like the Google Mini and the Amazon Echo in their homes.

These devices respond to voice commands and make life easier. But they also have a downside. By definition, they’re always listening. That means a microphone is in your house listening at all times. And some of the newer devices feature cameras as well.

As time goes by, these devices will become smaller and cheaper. And as they become smaller and cheaper, they’ll become ubiquitous. They’ll be everywhere. How much smaller and cheaper will these devices become? Imagine trillions of HD cameras and microphones – each one the size of a dust particle.

Some might be so small the naked eye can’t see them. These cameras and microphones will constantly record everything. How will they be placed? They won’t. Like dust, they’ll spread across the earth and settle on every surface. They’ll be everywhere.

They’ll settle on your clothes. They’ll come in through the ventilation in your house. They’ll stick to the bottoms of shoes, and they’ll blow through the streets. And this “nanodust” will send raw video and audio content straight to the government.

“But wait,” you might say. “How will the government sift through all this data? It would take legions of intelligence analysts a century or more to listen to just one day of global conversations, right?” That’s true. But humans won’t comb through all this data. AI will.

Technology similar to Dragonfly will search and analyze everything – not just faces. In the same way Dragonfly analyzes faces, AI systems of the future will search audio recordings for specific phrases and undesirable language.

They’ll analyze video to find certain patterns of movement or behavior. And AI systems will be able to identify common traits shared by enemies of the state. With the ability to process mountains of information at high speeds, AI systems will analyze information with a much higher level of precision than any human analyst ever could.

A global network of such technologies will have the ability to “listen” to every conversation on earth. No one will be able to escape the ever watchful eye of “Big Brother.”

The Coming Global Empire

So why does all this matter? Because two thousand years ago the Bible said a single government will rule all the people of the world (Revelation 13:7). It also said the leader of that government will exercise such total control he’ll be able to decide who can buy or sell anything (Revelation 13:17). Think about those statements.

A global government will have total and complete control over all commerce. To achieve this feat requires a police state the likes of which the world has never seen. Was such a state possible in the 1st Century? No. Was it possible in the 20th Century? No. How about in this century? Yes. It will be. And it won’t just be a possibility. It will be reality. Government won’t be able to resist the temptation AI offers. It’s just one more sign we’re nearing the end of the present age.

Remember, global government isn’t the only sign of the end. But it’s appearing at the same time as the other signs Jesus and the prophets said to look for. Israel is back in the land (Jeremiah 23:7-8)… The Jewish people once again reside in Jerusalem (Luke 21:24-28)… Though small, Israel has an exceedingly great army (Ezekiel 37:10)… Europe is unifying (Daniel 2:31-45)… And the Gospel is being preached to the ends of the earth (Matthew 24:14). These are all signs Jesus and the prophets said to look for. And our generation is the first ever to witness these signs. Think this is mere coincidence? I don’t either.

Jesus Himself said, “When all these things begin to happen, look up for your salvation is near!” (Luke 21:28). In fact, He said the generation witnessing these signs will not pass away before He returns (Matthew 24:34). The appearance of these signs is the #1 indicator the end of the age and the Second Coming of Jesus are near.

For the first time in history, we see those signs. They’re all around us. So don’t doubt it. Jesus is coming!

Britt Gillette is author of the free ebook Coming to Jesus as well as the books Signs of the Second Coming and Racing Toward Armageddon.

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Memoirs From A Missionary Who Ministers To Victims Of Human Sex Trafficking In South Asia


The following articles are edited in order for the serve of this missionary to remain secure.  Her name, the city she comes from, and the country and city she serves in, are all changed.  The area she serves in, South Asia, is mentioned.

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Fwd: Testimonies from trip to South Asia
Missionary Journal

Susan Howard   12/14/17
2:41 AM (5 hours ago)

Sahiba hugging Kajal (Miriam’s Daughter) after receiving Christ! Her Mom is behind her
Wednesday, December 14, 2017
Dear Friends and Family,
Wow! I’m blown away! This was, by far, my favorite mission trip ever!!! Honestly, when God first asked me to go on this mission trip, I was a little bit reluctant. I did not have PTO at work, I have many other priorities in my life right now, it was inconvenient and it did not make a lot of practical sense for me to go. But, God … I will tell you this: On my last day, I sat watching the sunrise awaken the dawn with tears of gratitude at God’s lavish love poured out on me and the people of South Asia.
So, where to start … It all begins with a wedding. One of my good friends, Sahiba invited us to join her bridal party and we were honored to celebrate with her and share God’s love to the many lost people who attended. We felt the Lord tell us that Sahiba’s marriage to Askash was a picture of Psalms 45 and how Jesus is pursuing His bride in this nation: “Daughters of kings are among your honored women; at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir. Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention: Forget your people and your father’s house. Let the king be enthralled by your beauty, honor him, for he is your lord.” Vs 9-11.
Everyday Sahiba asked us to worship and pray over and with her. In her nation, only 2% of people follow God. And Our presence was such an encouragement and blessing for her. On the day of her wedding, her friends arrived and she asked me to share a word from the Bible with them as they are unbelievers. I shared how the love Akash has is a glimpse of the deep love Jesus Christ has for His bride and many of the guests were moved as I continued with the gospel message. Praise God that four people became believers at the wedding. And through a divine appointment, I was able to share the Good News with Akash’s father, who is not a Christian. We had an intense conversation … and honestly, I was a little bit intimidated. He was wealthy and intelligent and he had just lavished us with kindness and love. And I know I have Good News, but it’s not easy to tell someone that their faith is wrong and that they are going to hell. Slowly, slowly God gave me grace and the words to share. And he listened intently to the full gospel and at the end, he thanked me for the conversation and actually gave me a Bible. LOL!
Sahiba has a call of government on her life and an Esther anointing. She plans to run for a political office, so I am praying that God will raise her up for a such a time as this to move and shake her nation.
From the wedding, we continued to the Animal Fair where they traffick children. We were amazed to hear that God began to answer our prayers to shut down this horrible event! This Fair has been going on for over 500 years. But, I truly believe, this year will be the last! The event started 6 days late as the police refused to give permission to the human traffickers. Then, as we met up with some of the traffickers, they told us that business was horrible and that many of the girls had returned home as they weren’t making any money. The police put up security cameras in every trafficking venue and they prohibited alcohol. Additionally, the event was scheduled to close down the day I left! So, what should have lasted a month was whittled down to 10 days and they weren’t getting any customers!!! All through the power of PRAYER!
When we went behind the theaters where they hold the girls, the traffickers gave us favor and permission to minister openly. Many gathered around as we gave small gifts and shared the Good News and it was amazing to see traffickers praying genuine prayers of repentance alongside of the girls they traffick! Truly the name of Jesus is the most powerful name on earth and His blood can cover any sin! Almost 50 people received Christ as we shared His love in the theatres. God gave us words of knowledge for many of the girls and they found freedom from depression and shame. Many of the girls want to leave this lifestyle and Miriam, our national partner, wants to visit at least once a month to neighboring Red Light Districts and help young girls escape. Please be praying for a team and resources for this new ministry God is launching.
We met one girl, Sahiba, and she is engaged to a police officer who is going to rescue her and her mom from this Red-Light life. I love that she shares the same name as my friend who got married. It’s such a beautiful confirmation of the picture I had that Jesus is going to save His South Asian Bride – mind, body, soul and spirit! Sahiba and her mother received Christ. And her mother was amazed, “I just feel so light and so amazing! I feel like a new person!” Their countenances were transformed by the light and love of Christ.
Later, I travelled to another village that also had a small Red-Light District, where Miriam and I had invested a lot of love and time when I lived nearby 3 years ago. I was amazed that on the same exact day that I visited, the believers had their very first meeting for a new fellowship plant and I was honored to pray over the congregation and the believers that we had helped lead to the Lord. I was so happy to hear that some of the girls who were trafficked had been rescued and were now married and living far from this place. We supplied this fellowship planter with a projector and a generator and he has 30 villages ready to see the film about God’s Son! Can’t wait to hear stories of revival in this region.
Towards the end of the trip, we showed the Jesus film in the village where Miriam was born. There is a lot of trafficking in this village as well. Miriam and I had been praying and serving in this town when I lived there. On the night of the film, over 40 people were saved and Miriam is going to continue to visit this place to start a fellowship. Additionally, many of the woman who were trafficked in the past came up to me for healing prayer and counseling. It was amazing to see the Holy Spirit move powerfully in their lives.
Lastly, I’m really excited because Paul and Julie have a call from God to serve long-term in the nations. So, I’m looking forward to see God launch them from this short-term trip into their destiny. As for me, I feel called to keep taking those who have a calling on their lives and training them up and propelling them to the nations. I know that we will continue to visit this mission station and I’m looking forward to see how God will move in and through these beginnings. But, 2 new churches, almost 100 people saved and a Red-Light Animal Fair practically shut down after 500 years!?! Really, you out-prayed yourselves! Glory to God! Life with Him is ALWAYS an adventure!

In Christ and with many thanks from a grateful heart,
Love, Susan

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Lily of the Valley Spring Edition
Missionary Journal

Susan Howard
3/19/15

 

Dear Friends and Family!

I love you! Thanks for all your prayers and support. I’m enjoying my time back in the states. My training with my mission’s agency, YWAM, was rescheduled from April to October. So, I guess God wants me to rest, reflect, minister, worship, encourage, bless and be blessed in USA for a little longer than expected. God’s new plan of rest makes sense since to me since this is the Sabbath year on the Jewish calendar, so I’m just along for the ride as usual and trusting Him to lead me and guide me. However, it’s kind of hard for me to think about being in USA for 6 months, because I’m just wired to be out where the action is and where people have never heard the name of Jesus. But, as I was kind of complaining to God about the delay, I sensed Him asking me, “Can you just hang out with me for 6 months?” Soooo, yeah … I can. He’s enough!

If you want me to share testimonies about God’s miracles and our work to stop human trafficking and ministry in South Asia with you over lunch or coffee, Bible Study group or church, then please let me know. It would be my honor to share what God has been up to at the end of the earth. Just email or call me … and I’ll do my best to meet up with you or your church! Along those lines, I do need a car if you happen to know someone that has an extra one I can borrow until June. I also am looking for a temporary job if you know of any positions available in Dallas, TX. My mission’s agency, YWAM (Youth with a Mission) training is 3 months long and starts in October, it is followed by 2 months of international team outreach. The cost of the program is $8000. So, please be in prayer for God’s provision in this.

I really enjoyed time with my family in Florida! Dad and Mom were super supportive and helpful with my ministry and raising awareness about stopping human trafficking and furthering God’s kingdom. We enjoyed sharing on the radio, newspaper, rotary and churches about God’s work in South Asia. I definitely look forward to partnering together with my parent’s church, the First Baptist Church of Bradenton in the future as well! I was also really grateful to spend time with my oldest brother, who I haven’t really had relationship with for 20 years (that’s a longggg story). But, I just praise God for happy endings! Ned and his wife Beverly and children are AMAZING and I’m enjoying getting to know them! From fishing to evangelizing outreaches to late nights of spades and Rumikub to throwback Thursdays of dancing to Footloose, we just had a really, really good time. I cried many tears when it was time to leave and I look forward to seeing them again soon! I’m sooo blessed to have such a loving, kind family.

One of my favorite American testimonies so far is a day when I decided to go for a walk in our small fishing village in Bradenton, Florida. The sun was setting as I felt compelled to talk to a young woman, Tiffany, who was fishing on the pier. My back has been hurting due to driving on really bad village roads in South Asia on my scooter. I’ve been praying for a chiropractor. And as I talked with Tiffany, I found out she just happened to work for one! She arranged to get me free chiropractic service! I was so grateful. She asked me about my story. I told her how I used to turn to men, power, money, alcohol, work and more to make me happy. But, all the things of the world only made me sad, empty and angry. Only when I reached rock bottom and really surrendered my life to Jesus did I become happy. He changed my life and gave me joy and His presence and love and everything I ever wanted in my soul! Tiffany started crying. She said, “are you kidding me? I was just googling last night, ‘how to be happy?!’” She cried as I prayed over her. I love divine appointments and how we were able to mutually bless each other!

There are many people who are so hungry for love and for Jesus. All we need to do is share the reason for the hope that is within us! The harvest is truly ready! Also, I think it’s a season to press in for breakthrough and healing in relationships! I’ve seen a lot of healing among my friends and family. It’s a time to forgive and be forgiven. In the Jewish culture, the Sabbath year is time a time to release people from debts and rest from hard labors. Next year is the year of Jubilee. In Biblical Israel, this was a time when land was restored to people who sold it and slaves were set free from bondage – a season of joyous celebration! So, I think it’s good to press in for the blessings that God has for us in the spirit of this season.
The work in South Asia continues to blossom. Miriam continues to start new Bible Studies and minister to the lost and unreached and love on her 4 orphaned nephews and children. She needs more financial support as she registers the children in school if you feel called to help scholarship their education then contact me for details. Miriam prayed for one child that couldn’t walk in their whole life and Jesus did a miracle and now that child can walk!

Thanks for praying for our sewing center in the village red light. We needed a new instructor. There was one young woman, Reema, who is a strong believer and we wanted her on our team. However, she was not a talented seamstress. Well! God just decided to do a miracle and give her some downloads from heaven and in 3 months, she acquired more sewing talent than a local teacher with 6 years of experience!? So praise God for Reema. Please pray for her as she transitions into this new post!

Love and prayers to you,

Susan

Quotable Quotations ~ Norman Vincent Peale And The Apostle Paul

Norman Vincent Peale is known best for his book “The Power Of Positive Thinking.”  It is too bad he could not have given an autographed copy to Job.  Norman Vincent Peale was the initiator of an unbiblical and man centered psycobabble religion.  Peale mentored Robert Schuller and Robert Schuller taught Rick Warren.  They are all best known for their deviations from solid Biblical theology.  Each of these men built on the man made philosophies of their respective predecessor.

The Apostle Paul was the giant of the New Testament, responsible for writing thirteen epistles, converting a jailor, planting churches all around the Mediterranean Sea, and turning the world upside down.  He is indeed the quintessential Apostle.

As we compare these men who are polar opposites, we find that:  “Norman Vincent Peale was very appalling, whereas the Apostle Paul was appealing.”  Enough said.

Proverbs 17:22a King James Version (KJV)
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine:

Yours In Christ, Pastor Steve   <><

Arab Emirates Bring Pagan War Goddess to United Nations ~ November 28, 2017

“For he built again the high places which Chizkiyahu his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal.”
II Kings 21:3 (The Israel Bible™)
The same multinational group that recreated the Palmyra Victory Arch and sent it on a world tour has now recreated a statue of Athena, the Roman goddess of war, for an exhibit in the United Nations, an organization that claims to be working towards world peace but which one rabbi likens to modern-day paganism.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) officially inaugurated the Digital Archaeology Exhibition, “The Spirit in the Stone”, at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York City last Thursday. The UAE, the Italian mission to the UN, and the Institute of Digital Archaeology (IDA) cooperated in re-creating a statue of the Roman goddess Athena for the exhibit.

The original Athena statue stood in Palmyra, Syria, until it was destroyed by ISIS in 2015. The UAE announcement described the goddess as “synonymous with reason, refuge and the rule of law, all of the same values on which that historic institution was built,” but the statue depicts Athena in her classic pose grasping a spear, belying her prominent role as the Roman goddess of war.
It is also believed that the Roman goddess Athena was based on the earlier Mesopotamian goddess Ashera and was later incorporated into early Islam as al-Lāt, worshipped in Saudi Arabia as the consort of Allah mentioned in the Koran. This would be consistent with the statue’s history at the site in Palmyra, which was used as a temple by the Mesopotamians, Romans, and Muslims in succession.

Rabbi Elad Dokow, the head rabbi and lecturer at Israel’s Technion Institute of Technology, was not surprised that the United Nations would feature a display of pagan symbols.
“There is currently an unmistakable rise of paganism and idol worship in the world, more than any other religion, and it is naive to believe this display is disconnected from this phenomenon,” Rabbi Dokow told Breaking Israel News. “Paganism creates the ability for each man to create his own truth, as opposed to Judaism and Christianity, which state that there is an objective truth man must abide by. The UN, like paganism, is a place of subjective reality created by a vote.”
“What we are seeing in the world today is that every place Christianity grows weak, paganism and idolatry grow stronger, and where Christianity disappears, horrible things happen.”
Though an initiative bringing together the Muslim-majority UAE with Italy to recreate a Roman pagan idol seems incongruous, just such a union was described in Jewish prophecy, first alluded to in Psalms.
For they have consulted together with one consent; against Thee do they make a covenant; The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moav, and the Hagrites. Psalms 83:6-7
The first-century Jewish sage Jonathan ben Uzziel described how this Biblical alliance between Ishmael and Esau would reappear in war at the End of Days.
“Great ships full of weapons will depart as a large fleet from Roman Italy and will join up with a legion that will depart from Constantine [this is Ishmael]. They will harm the inhabitants of other lands, and subjugate the descendants of Eber [a reference to Israel].”
The UAE has worked with the IDA in the past. Their first collaboration, the 3-D printed Arch of Palmyra, was prominently featured in the UN exhibit as a full-size projection onto a screen. The original Arch of Palmyra was a Roman victory arch that stood for 1,800 years in front of the temple to the pagan god Ba’al in Palmyra until, like the statue of Athena, it was destroyed by ISIS.

Ba’al was the form of idol worship frequently mentioned in the Bible as accompanying the worship of the female false goddess, Ashera.
They rejected all the commandments of Hashem their God; they made molten idols for themselves—two calves—and they made a sacred post [Ashera] and they bowed down to all the host of heaven, and they worshiped Baal. II Kings 17:16
The reproduction of the Arch was first presented in April last year at London’s Trafalgar Square for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Week. The unveiling coincided with the most important pagan holiday of the year, Beltane, ushering in a 13-day period known in the occult as “the Blood Sacrifice to the Beast”, which was traditionally celebrated with child sacrifice and bisexual orgies.
Similar to the current display of Athena at the UN, the Palmyra Arch was also displayed at events associated with a world government. It was the centerpiece of the World Government Summit in Dubai last February, and appeared in Sarona, Italy in June, its display intentionally coinciding with the G7 Summit of world leaders.
Reported by: Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz – Breaking Israel News
By Prophecy in the News| November 28th, 2017|Tags: Arch of Palmyra, Christian News, Idol Worship, Pagan, Prophecy News, United Nations
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Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ November 3, 2017

Amen Corner

When the Holy Spirit is in full control of our lives, He will expect our obedience to the written Word of God.  But it is part of our human problem that we would like to be full of the Spirit and yet go on and do as we please!  -A. W. Tozer

A minister without boldness is like a smooth file, a knife without an edge, a sentinel afraid to let off his gun.  If men will be bold in sin, ministers must be bold to reprove.  -William Gurnall

The only alternative to soul winning is disobedience to Christ.  -Curtis Hutson

The Bulwark of religious training is vital if the line is to be held against the forces of corruption, crime and disloyalty.  I believe that men imbued with spiritual values do not betray their country.  I believe that children reared in homes in which morality is taught and lived rarely become delinquents.  -J. Edgar Hoover

Some sing, “I’ll go where You want me to go, dear Lord”; but they are not willing to stay where He wants them to stay.  -Vance Havner

Brethren, if you cannot pray down fire fom Heaven, it is time you took down your sign.  -John R. Rice

Science!  Thou hast tracked the lightning, traced the path of the tornado, uncurtained the distant planet, foretold the coming of the comet and the return of the eclipse.  But thou hast never been able to gauge the depth of man’s soul or to answer the question  “What must I do to be saved?”  -J.A. Macduff

Your name, your deeds, will be as legible on the hearts you leave behind as the stars on the brow of evening.  -Thomas Chalmers

I have never known a man who habitually and on principle absented himself from the public worship of God who did not sooner or later bring sorrow upon himself or his family.  -Henry Whitney Bellows

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Noteworthy News Headlines

Every Nonprofit Benefits From FEMA Aid- Except Churches

Police Reveal What Muslim Man Said After Beheading Coworker in Oklahoma:  Alton Nolen told police that he beheaded a coworker because he felt oppressed as a Muslim.  When the police asked him if he regretted his actions, he responded, “I don’t feel regret, because you know what I’ve done….”

Michigan Permits Faith-Based Adoption Agencies; the ACLU Sues

Methodist, Catholic, Presbyterian, and United Church of Christ Groups Tell Senate to Fund Planned Parenthood

U.S. Doctors Take Official Stance Against Euthanasia

Tax Money Funding Terrorism!

Boko Haram Refugees, Horror Reports

President Trump Ends ObamaCare Abortion and Contraceptive Mandate

Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Massacre Twenty Christians

Most Church of England Members Never Read the Bible

Arkansas Law Agitates Atheists – Displaying motto “In God we trust.”

Boy Scouts Now Open to Girls

Thirty-Seven Percent of Americans Can’t Name Any of the Rights Guaranteed by First Amendment

Undercover Agent Foils Plot to “Create Next 9/11” – coordinated shootings and bombings in New York City

Forty-Five-Foot Nude Woman Statue on National Mall Sparks Opposition

Elementary School Forced to Remove Cafeteria Plaque That Thanks God for the Food

Atheist Says “Hallelujah Chorus” at Elementary School Is “Proselytizing”

Iowa State University Employees Must Pledge to Promote “Diversity and Inclusion”

Terrorist Shoots Up a Nashville Church- Kills One, Wounds Six

Leonardo DiCaprio Says Only People Who Believe in Science Should Hold Public Office

Pastor Charged With Failure to Report Child Abuse

Anti-Christian Bigotry on the Increase

Tennessee Lawmaker Won’t Attend During NFL Protest

 

The Worst Place For Any Human Being Is To Refuse God’s Grace And Mercy, With No Hope Of Salvation

Proverbs 29:1 King James Version (KJV)
He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

I well remember a mother telling me that the tragic words of her teenage son, “Mum, if you talk to me any more about Jesus or being saved, I’ll leave home and you’ll never see me again.”  She replied, “I won’t mention it again, but I won’t stop praying for you son.”  Sadly, a few weeks later he was killed in a tragic car accident and went into eternity, and as far as I know without Christ.  How important to “Prepare to meet thy God” (Amos 4:12).  “Behold, now is the day of salvation” (II Corinthians 6:2).  Come to the Lord Jesus, today!   -Jim Comte

Almost persuaded now to believe; almost persuaded Christ to receive; Seems now some soul to say, “Go Spirit, go Thy way; Some more convenient day on Thee I’ll call.   -Philip P. Bliss

“Those who plan on eleventh hour conversions, often die at ten thirty.”

In my own experiences, I recall a wonderful deacon in our church who had a burden for a lost soul in the community over thirty years ago.  He and I went to his home more than once and pleaded for him to come to church and give his heart to Christ.  The soul knew it was the right thing to do, but never acted upon the invitation.  One day the deacon made a final plea, and the soul promised that he would come to church on the following Sunday.  The man went fishing and boating on the Rappahannock River near Fredericksburg, Virginia and drowned on Saturday, the day before he was to come to church.  To this day, I believe the man was insincere with another of his many promises, and had he lived, would probably not have come to church.  Don’t gamble with your soul, and act on His invitation today.  You and I are not promised any tomorrows.   Yours In Christ, Pastor Steve

“Salvation, Don’t Leave Earth Without it.”

Donald Trump / Color Him Pugilistic ~ Quotable Quotation

The Wall Street Journal

“Mr. Trump is combative not for political reasons but because he’s been combative all his life.  In the Washington Swamp he has found the ultimate Trumpian arena.  The Swamp is his sparring partner.  Don’t let the raging tweets fool you.  He loves it.”

Daniel Henninger     Today

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I agree.  Trump loves striving against the Deep State / Shadow Government, and His Tweeting drives them up the wall.  The corrupt establishment cannot handle him because he publically connects well with traditional conservative Americans on a daily basis.  Trump continually exposes the cesspool in Washington, D.C.

Pastor Steve <><