The Singer’s Vision

singerofanthem“To many of us in England,” the Singer said, “our primary song is called Jerusalem. The history of the song began with a poem by William Blake and the poem was first printed in 1808. The title was And Did Those Feet in Ancient Time. The poem describes the importance of people taking responsibility for change and building a better society. It was published as a preface to a collection of poems.  It was then set to music by Sir Hubert Perry a few years later as Jerusalem. Today the song is sung as an anthem, and is very popular in England. We  sung it at my marriage with Michael.”

The last verses of the poem (modified for America) are”:

Bring me my Bow of burning gold;
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire!

I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand:
Till we have built Jerusalem,
In America’s green & pleasant Land.

Beneath the original lines, William Blake had scribbled a verse containing the words of Moses:

“Oh, that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them.”
Numbers 11:29

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Excerpt from Breaking Light: Healing of the Hearts (Book 2) by Carl Townsend, http://www.creatingnewworlds.org/ Another excerpt is there of the first chapter
Picture from Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Creative Commons

Poem (Public Domain), modified, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And_did_those_feet_in_ancient_time

 

 

Soldier and the Singer

 

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A week ago I woke up in bed with the story from the book on which I am working running in my head. The story is fiction, but the characters are inspired by people who are real. Lots of fun traveling with them. As soon as I was dressed, I took off with my book manuscript to a Panera coffee house.

They were just opening. There was a roaring fire in the fireplace. It is heavily carpeted, damping the noise and granting me a quiet atmosphere. I placed my order for coffee (just brewed) and a cinnamon roll (just made), and moved to a booth near the fireplace. I opened my manuscript and disappeared into the story again.

It’s a flashback to 2014 and a soldier fighting in the Middle East is brought back to Walter Reed hospital. He is paralyzed from the top of his head to his toes. He’s on life support and cannot breathe on his own or speak. The doctors cannot diagnosis it. I was that man in June, 1989. I was paralyzed from the shoulders down with a virus in Switzerland. I lay much like a sack of potatoes on the bed. I was told by the doctors I would never walk again. (Today I walk again.)  I know everything that goes on the in this soldier’s mind (including the dreams) and try to project it to the story.

In the story, this soldier is the son of a famous multi-billionaire businessman. This man loves his son dearly. The father is desperate, weeping, and hurting. He sends someone to find a certain Christian celebrity singer. He wants her to come and minister to his son for two weeks. He will pay her anything to come.

This celebrity singer of m book is inspired, to a large extent, by real lady. This lady is a deeply committed Christian. Piers Morgan says she has a heavenly voice. I call it an angelic voice. The media calls it a golden voice. There is no diva, only a very humble lady that is just as likely to be found in a children’s hospital, with the soldiers in the Middle East, at a soldier’s rehab center, or in a retirement home as on the concert stage. She’s very wealthy (over 20 million), but cares little for that and gives to many charities. The lady is never identified in my book. She has about 300,000 followers on Facebook and her web site.

About three hours later the waitress taps me on my shoulder. I jumped as I came back to the real world, then gave her a smile. She wondered if she could take my empty plate. I’m doing better now. The previous week it was lunch time when I came back to the real world from Panera. I also have to be careful I don’t cry or laugh as I travel at coffee shops. It would look funny.

The working book theme:

“… that you may know… the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe…according to the working of His mighty power.”
Ephesians 1:18 NKJV

My major mentor is a leading researcher and Bible scholar in Germany, Christian A. Swartz, also on Facebook. His primary mentor is Thomas Bonhoeffer, related to the famous Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Swartz tells me one thing to remember: The Bible is explosive, and if approached with an open mind is full of surprises.

Book excerpts: http://bit.ly/2bJzd7K

Photo author  Jade Miosotis

 

Secret of Leadership

A great leader really exerts very little control. He or she puts down bold and clear vision, then people buy into this vision. As I write my current book, I am following almost daily two real people with extreme visions – both are projected as characters in the story. Both are real.No kidding.

Where Should You Walk?


Where Should You Walk?

Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit light a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it.”Wilfred Peterson (1900-1995);

What does this mean? What does it mean to walk with a dreamer or creative person?

Years ago I was at a conference in Kansas City in which Ken Medema was the worship leader. One evening my wife (Sandy, who was still alive at that time) and I were eating dinner with Ken and his wife, Jane. Just the four of us. Ken is a physically blind musician (from birth), but sees more than I ever will. You can purchase his DVD’s, but that is not really completely fair. In a “performance”, he is really taking you into a relational experience and often highly interactive. Very healing. As we ate, Jane shared with us.

“Carl,” Ken’s been banging his head against the wall this afternoon. I’m worried about that.”

“Were you doing that, Ken”? I asked.

“Yes,” Ken said. “I was trying to create the music for tonight. It wasn’t coming.”

I am listening to Ken. Why does the birthing process for the healing have to come from pain?

That evening I sat in the audience as Ken moved to the piano and began his playing, taking us into a story set to music that we quickly saw was Pilgrim’s Progress. The music flowed as we were taken into the story, traveling with this pilgrim and no longer even in the conference hall.

Much later, as Ken finished, we rose with a standing ovation and thunderous applause. And then it hit me as I turned to my Sandy.
“He can’t see this. He is blind. Yet he sees more than I do.”

Alone, I moved to the end of the row and walked down through the crowd to where Ken still sat quietly at the piano as the applause continued. I put my arms around Ken. Suddenly, I seemed hit with thousands of volts of electricity. He hadn’t come “down” yet from his created experience. I staggered back, trying to keep from falling. No problem. Ken would not let me fall.

Years later I tried this again with Ken in a church in Illinois. He had just done his “Flying, like a Jet Plane” song and I grabbed him again on stage with a big hug. Then, Ken lifted me up and swung me in a circle around him around and around, holding me tightly against the centrifugal forces pulling me out. At the same time, he broke into his song about the jet plane again.

Suppose you were at a conference with this very creative dreamer who is led by a strange Spirit that has no labels. Would you have the courage to step up and experience it with him? What I have seen is that often in conferences with him the children have no problem stepping up. They trust. Most of the time they have little wounding from past experiences. With adults, however, I see everything from a woman who has been hurt so many times she can’t start any real intimacy who begins sharing on a mike with Ken (who writes her a special song) to an Episcopalian pastor dancing in the aisle.

Where are you in this story?


Carl is a researcher, writer, speaker based in Portland, Oregon. He also designs really high quality and affordable web sites for people that dream big. Ask him to build you one.

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The Characters in “Healing of the Hearts”

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Many of the lead characters in Carl’s Christian novel “Breaking Light: Healing of the Hearts” (soon to be published) are inspired by real people. The names of the real people are never given. Try to identify who they are. Mark, the American President, is created from a real person. The quotes of the person are scattered in the book. The message Mark gives in the last chapter on a mountain in Switzerland to 18 of his spiritual warriors is created from the outline of a message given by the real person. And now I ache to hear that message again from a real-life pastor to his church. I never have. The outline was used by Moses in Duet 11.

Now see if you can identity the real-life woman that inspired the singer in this Excerpt from “Healings of the Heart”

#healingsofthehearts

Where is the Church Today?

The lion roars again. Where's the Church?

Creative Commons, Bert Lamers

The story is set in the year 2032. The American President at that time is a sociopath(1). Of the Senate leaders, one has senile dementia and involved in illegal actions, another is mentally unbalanced. Neither the Senate or House is willing to hold the President accountable for his actions.The southern border is open and terrorists are taking advantage of that. The IRS has overstepped its power and no one has stopped them, the government is mandating an educational system loaded with propaganda. The government is exercising surveillance without regard to any laws. There are wars in the Middle East that threaten America and there is no intelligent foreign policy. Congress is ignoring their Constitutional mandate to impeach and put the President on trial as the President continues to play golf, vacations, gives fund-raising speeches, lies and is lost to any reality.

Inside of this context steps a lonely young man hiking in the wilderness. It’s not just a physical wilderness, but also an emotional and spiritual wilderness. His church (with a little “c”), as most churches, has yet to pick up arms in a battle that defines if America can even continue to exist. There, deep in the wilderness, the young man meets Church. This Church will change his life forever, but could cost him his life.

The lion has roared again.

Enjoy suspense and adventure. The book Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero is available now from Amazon. It is Book 1 of a series.

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Excerpts from Breaking Light (Restoring America) Book1, Book 2

1. http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201305/how-spot-sociopath

Excerpts 2nd book “Breaking Light: Healing of the Hearts”

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Here are some excerpts from the second volume of the”Breaking Light” novel series by Carl. This second book of the series is not shipping yet, but continues in development with work often starting early the morning. Enjoy these excerpts Thanks to everyone who has helped me on this. Writing this story has been more fun than any book I’ve done. These excerpts have not passed the final edit.

 

God is at Work in America – Pray

StatueOfLibertyIn 1776 a restlessness was stirring in the American colonies. Fueled by increasing taxes, the colonies felt helpless against their mother country. In addition, as a result of the Great Awakening of 1720- 1745, People were tired of a dying religious institution and king telling them what to believe and how to worship. By 1960 they were getting more than angry at their relationship with England. The Revolutionary War began in 1775. In 1776, it was Thomas Paine who used a press to print a series of articles called Common Sense that rallied the colonies of American to throw off their yoke of slavery and be free:

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value.”
From The Crisis, by Thomas Paine

Just as Luther did more than two centuries earlier, Paine’s publishing created a “swarm“ that rallied the demoralized American colonies and led to a free nation.

Today, again, America is restless. Fueled by high taxes that go to illegal aliens, immorality, greedy lawlessness, the absence of leadership, a broken Bill of Rights, and a failing church, a swarm arises again today that is united by the Internet and what’s left of a broken social media, and instead using the Internet to unite and build a new community of Jesus people that love, heal, believe, and lead.

We see crazy politics going on. We don’t see the White Knight. Or is there one? God is at work in all of this. If you don’t see it, ask God to show it to you, because He wants you to see it and your part in it. The greatest problem Jesus had with his disciples was their unbelief and lack of faith (Matt. 17:14-21)

Believe, pray, and then act!

Read a free excerpted chapter of this second book Healing of the Hearts

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Breaking Light – Birth of a Hero (Book1)

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As America finds itself hurtling toward a major election in 2032, the country finds itself trapped in divisions, multiple demonic forces, and corruption. No white knight has emerged to bring unity in the election of the next President. Out of this rubble a small church deep in the Cascade wilderness of the The American Northwest leads the nation and plays a major role in destroying a network of dark forces to move a strong Christian leader to the new Presidency almost overnight. This  first book of this Breaking Light series, Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero, ends in November of 2032, as Mark Pearson celebrates with this wilderness church and others the win of the country’s Presidency.

This wilderness church, Sunodia, uses an online network of secure computers with church leaders across the world, called The Phoenix, to do most of their communications ministry. This Phoenix name refers both to their small core group as well as their larger electronic network of seriously committed churches. This network is calling the nation to repentance and the transformation of America.

Order the first book in the series now from Amazon or get info at: http://creatingnewworlds.org/breaking-light-the-birth-of-a-hero/

 

 

Healing of the Hearts (Book 2)

Healing of the Hearts

 

In the second book of the Breaking Light series, Healing of the Hearts (not out yet), the new President is aware creative commons: Healing of the heartthere is much wounding and a deep need for healing and reconciliation, even within the church. Mark Pearson, as the new President,  has a vision to lead the nation to this healing and to an awakening by mobilizing the church, in unity, to take the lead.

Mark is saying in a pre-inaugural speech to Christian leaders:

‘I want to see a significant work of God in the restoring of America.’

I want to see healing, reconciliation, and a bold work of the Holy Spirit in this nation. I believe it can happen.”

Soon you see a flashback from 2033 to 2014: a wounded soldier is brought back from the Middle East and is at Walter Reed Hospital. He is on life support and critical. From his bed, the soldier stares at the ceiling and has no voluntary movement. Paralyzed. The soldier’s father, a billionaire businessman, offers to pay a famous and wealthy Christian singer whatever she asks if she can bring his son out of wherever this is – and they don’t know what it is, yet. The businessman only pays if she is successful, but he believes God can use her for the healing. Down the hall from the soldier is a second soldier with his face blown away by an IED and now blind and angry. The singer realizes the blind and angry soldier holds the key she needs for the healing of the soldier on Life Support. The singer will need more than her angelic voice and prodigious beauty to see it happen.

In some posts here soon, you will see each of the key characters in the book are created from people who have inspired me deeply: The President, the singer. a very famous doctor, a German theologian, and more. Every one exists or existed in real life. The soldier on life support and paralyzed? That’s me. In 1989 I was suddenly paralyzed from the shoulders down and told by the doctors I would never walk again. I walk today by God’s grace.

Read free excerpts of this second book Healing of the Hearts

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