The Battle for Your Heart

I love the part in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings: Two Towers where Gandalf marches into the castle where King Theoden lives as a destroyed gelding of his former self, bound by his demons. With a few rhema words spoken in authority, the King is released and transformed before your eyes. Theoden is really still the gelding, however. He is still bound. He’s not the stallion yet.

War is upon you

Copyright (under fair use): Aragorn speaking to Theoden

Even as Theoden celebrates his healing, we see the dark army marching to Rohan. The army has a single purpose: to decimate the world of men. Villages are burned, women and kids are slaughtered. With each day, they are closer to Rohan.

 

 

Aragorn: There is a war going on.
King Theoden: I will not risk open war.
Aragorn: Open war is upon you, whether you risk it or not.
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Tolkien

What does this say about the Church? To quote John Eldredge, “Things are not what they seem. This is a world at war. Each of us has a crucial role to play”.

“Friends, we are now in the midst of an epic battle, a brutal and vicious war against an Enemy who knows his time is short. Open war is upon you, whether you would risk it or not”
John Eldredge, Waking the Dead

It is important to realize, however, that this is a battle of the heart, an affair of the heart. Our hearts must come to a place of enlightenment where we can see in the Spirit.

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.”
Eph 1:18 NASU


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Who is the Leader? Tolkien’s Houses of Healing

Tolkien’s Houses of Healing (Lord of the Rings)

When watching the movie as you get to the end, Aragorn is crowned king. Why? Is this something he inherited? Was he that good at slaying all the bad guys? Was he some kind of leader – if so why did they think he was this leader? The answer lies in the Houses of Healing with the words spoken by Ioreth.

The Houses of Healing were omitted from the movie, and Jackson barely mentions the Houses of Healing in the extended version of the movie. In the book version, what happens in the Houses of Healing are the focal point of the entire book trilogy. After the battle three of our heroes lay dying in the Houses of Healing after the battle. The city has been destroyed by the enemy and even the gates are torn down (America today?). Aragorn, who they expected to be the coming King, has left for the Paths of the Dead with his few followers, a place from which no human has ever returned alive (Jesus analogy?). No one has heard from Frodo and his friend Sam (little haflings less than four feet tall) since they left for the dark territory to throw the ring in the volcano from which it was forged, saving Middle Earth. Denathor, the Steward of the City (there had been no King for a long time) had given up hope and committed suicide. Denethor had also tried to kill his son. Faramir now lies near death in another of the Houses of Healing. Lady Eowyn, another of our heroes, also lies dying. Merry, the hafling (hobbit) that tried to help Eowyn fight the witch queen. is also near death.

At this point Ioreth, eldest of the women who served the houses, looks on the sad situation and weeps as she says :

Would that there were kings in Gondor, as there were once upon a time, they say! For it is said in old lore that the hands of the king are the hands of a healer. And so the rightful king could ever be known.
Tolkien speaking as Ioreth, Lord of the Rings, p 136

Unknown to them, however, Aragorn has returned and is now camped at with his men just outside the city. Soon he has entered the Houses of Healing and heals all three of our heroes. I fell to the floor as I read them, weeping. Get the book and read the story of the three healings Tolkien repeats Ioreth’s line again and again in the book, almost as if it is the drumbeat of the heart of Tolkien’s message. (It is.) What was Aragorn’s real name? What did it mean? (It’s in Tolkien’s chapter on the healings.)

Finally comes the big moment that Aragorn is crowned as King. Now Ioreth is shouting the line, only to be drowned out by the trumpets before she can complete the line. This forces the reader to complete the line in his or her head, and in so doing take ownership on it’s truth. (Tolkien is tricky here!) The next time she starts the line (as instruction to her cousin) she doesn’t get the first word out, and you find yourself saying the entire line. Tolkien tricks you again..

Jackson, in none of the film versions, ever uses this key line. Jesus is the King. He is King not only because he has authority, but He also has the power. He is also the healer. Ioreth, the wise old elder in the Houses of Healing, carries the message of the book. Jackson never gives that line to you in the movies.

As you vote at both the Federal and local levels, you see a broken nation rift with lost values and dishonesty. We need the healers. Who do you see is best at leading that? Why? Who has been open and honest with you? What are their values? How have they lived them?

(Please share! )


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Chapter 10

The Vision of Dr. Joe Aldrich

There is no way that those of us who knew Dr. Joe Aldrich can express what he meant to our lives. To me, he was first and foremost one of the strongest visionaries I have every met. He was also President of Multnomah University, author of many books – I could mention many achievements. But first and foremost, to me he was a man of vision and faith.

“Faith requires a large Investment & ongoing commitment.”
Joe Aldrich

Dr. Joe had an amazing vision. He said he wondered what would it take to initiate and sustain a significant work of God in a specific geographical community. George Otis, Jr., has documented hundreds of places in the world today where this is happening and the Holy Spirit is breaking through in power. George Otis has spend much of his recent years documenting some conditions that lead to those. The key factors, he found,  involved prayer, belief, faith, and persistence.

Joe Aldrich and visioning

Dr. Joe Aldrich

Dr. Joe saw himself as a servant leader, servant to the Word and and servant in the world. He taught us to lead as servant leaders, always reminding us that his job was to serve the pastors and their churches, and he was a servant to them and to the Church, which is led by the Holy Spirit and is the very Body of Christ.

Here are some notes I took from a message he gave many  years ago. I’ve added a few personal notes.

The Necessity of the Church

Someone once told me that there is no such thing as the solitary Christian. The warfare is too heavy, the Enemy too strong. Unless individuals come together as the church and churches come together as Church, the cause is lost. God purposely humbles each of us by not giving us all the gifts we need to accomplish to mission to which Christ has called us. For this reason the Church, as the Body of Christ, is a necessity.

The Necessity for Unity

Dr. Joe said there were two words in the Greek language for unity. One, or heis, translates as an organic unity. One familiar use of this word is in the Lord’s Prayer of John 17.

“Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.”
John 17:11 NKJV (emphasis added)

“…that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in unity, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”
John 17:21-23 NKJV (emphasis added)

The other Greek word used in the New Testament to refer to unity is homothumadomon, and translates to refers to a functional unity. It translates more accurately as “in one accord”. It refers to people united around a common cause, and is used ten times in the book of Acts (1:14, 2:46, 4:24, 5:12, 7:57. 8:6. 12:20, 15:25, 18:12, and 19:29). It is used again in Romans 15:6. Many of these references refer to the coming together of the early church as the Gifts of the Holy Spirit were poured out. Let’s take a quick overview of how this second Greek word for unity was used in the New Testament. See if you can find the key, or common, words in each example:

Jerusalem (in the upper room or temple) after the resurrection, ascension, and before Pentecost.

“These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.”
Acts 1:14 NKJV (emphasis added)

Jerusalem, after Peter’s sermon.

“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
Acts 2:46-47 NIV (emphasis added)

Jerusalem church in prayer and praise after the healing of the lame man and Peter’s sermon.

So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, …”
Acts 4:24-25 NKJV (emphasis added)

You can follow looking at the other references given for this word in Acts. Not all of them refer to the Church.

The Building of Unity in Portland

Dr. Joe wanted to see what would it take to initiate and sustain a significant work of God in Portland. He began the prayer summit movement, International Renewal Ministry”, in 1986 in an effort to bring the pastors together to pray for this awakening. That same year he brought another leader, Terry Dirks, in to help him. These leaders worked to initiate the organic unity, or heis, in the city. With these prayer summits they would take hundreds of local pastors to the coast and pray for at least four days for the coming of the Holy Spirit in the Portland area.

This prayer movement in Portland led eventually to the Billy Graham Crusade in 1992, one of the best Crusades the Billy Graham leadership ever saw. Some 30,000 people made decisions for Christ in the event. This crusade is documented in a PBS special on the life of Billy Graham (Crusade: The Life of Billy Graham – available on VHS from PBS Home Video as B3346V).(1) Other video was also published on this event. Bob Waymire with Carl Townsend also published a book “Discovering Your City” giving details of the “How to” of the diagnostic research that went into the preparation of the event. The book is available from our office for $14.95 plus postage.

This success of the prayer summits soon spread to 40 states and 30 countries with more summits started internationally. This was started as the heis, or organic component of the Dr. Joe’s vision and under his leadership with the help of Terry Dirks. Although Dr. Joe died in 2009 after a 15 year battle with Parkinson’s, the prayer movement he started continues today. Terry Dirks died in his sleep in 2009 at in Japan as they planned another prayer summit there.

The prayer summits movement continues today, and you can read more at their website at http://prayersummits.net/.

After starting the prayer summits, Dr. Joe started Mission Portland as a network of networks to lead in building the homothumadomon, or functional unity, in the city. Mission Portland continues more as a linkage today, with its website at http:/www.missionportland.org. One of the key projects of Mission Portland was a directory of all the life-giving churches and parachurch agencies in the city involved in the Kingdom Enterprise, i.e., the Harvest Force. I was very much involved in that.

The Challenge Today

fireToday, several decades later, our culture has become increasingly diverse and the secular pressures have increased that are trying to destroy the freedoms our early fathers fought and gave their lives to give us. Yet the issue of unity and grace that Dr Joe and Terry Dirks lived is even more important. Dr. Joe gave us vision, and Terry Dirks showed us how to give Grace (and more).

The functional unity that both led in breathing in our city is again alive and you can experience it at the annual MissionconneXion conference in Portland.

NOTES
1. If you order the tape, be sure to catch the interview with Billy Graham at the end of the tape. The interviewer asks Graham why the Portland Crusade was so successful. I love Graham’s answer. If you can’t get the tape, I’ll be glad to share what Graham said.


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The Queen of Scotland reportedly  said “I fear the prayers of John Knox more than all the assembled armies of Europe”. In Portland, I looked to Dr. Joe Aldrich as very much a local John Knoxer who was passionate and very active in the beginning of an awakening here in Portland some years ago.

Where is you passion in seeing and awakening in America? Here are some good resources to help birth that passion.

Who is Carl?

Carl’s current writing on the subject of transformation and restoration focuses to two titles, one non-fiction (Beyond Illlusion: Leading from Reality) and another a fictional multi-book series (Breaking Light: XXXX).

Beyond Illusion: Leading from Reality – by Carl Townsend (PB and HB)

(Non-fiction) This book includes many direct and true personal stories from Carl as well as the story of Nehemiah. The Israelite nation was without vision, passion, or security. Sounds like America today! He turned the nation completely around in 52 days. How did he do it? At the same time he faced internal and external warfare. Personal restoration must come first, and then one can lead in city, regional, or national transformation.

Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero – by Carl Townsend
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This a fictional novel showing a small community near Seattle leading in a transformation in America, with the story opening in 2032. This first book in the series is already available. The BIG challenge I had here was keeping my brave warriors alive until a President with strong morals and faith could be put in place.

Other resources:

The Sacred Romance by John Eldredge and Brent Curtis
The Sacred Romance – Field Manual – (PB)

We are often taught the Salvation story as an objective narrative – All have sinned, repent, surrender to Christ. The alternative – hell and damnation – strikes fear to our heart. This book tells the Gospel story as a journey in love, adventure, and an awesome battle. The Bible becomes a romance novel, the greatest romance story ever written, capturing you with perfect love.

Wild at Heart by John Eldredge (PB) (for men}
Wild at Heart – Field Manual – (PB)

The Way of the Wild Heart by John Eldredge
The Way of the Wild Heart – Field Manual – (PB)

God is wild (check your Bible.) He created you in His image. Therefore you are created wild. God calls you to the adventure, the battle, and pursuit. What does that mean for a man?

Captivating – (for women) PB by Stasi and John Eldredge
Captivating – Field Manual – for women (PB)

What does that mean for a woman?

Waking the Dead – by John Eldredge (PB)
Waking the Dead – Field Manual – (PB)

There are three eternal truths: Things aren’t what they seem, the world is at war, and each of us has a crucial role to play.

The Meaning of Persons by Paul Tournier

This is a 1957 classic by a famous Christian doctor that had incredible success with healing people. How did he do it?

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King by J. R.R. Tolkien

If you watched the movies, two very critical stories were omitted in the movie from the last book in the series. A quote in Book 1 of Carl’s novel is from one of those missing stories. In Book 2, both of those stores are critical to the Breaking Light plot line. Neither is in Jackson’s movies.

Chasing Daylight: Seize the Power of Every Moment by Erwin Raphael McManus

“To sleep through your dreams is to choose a life of restless nights and unfulfilled days. To avoid the pain of fear, doubt, and disappointment we have numbed ourselves from the exhilaration of a life fully lived.”

Transformations

This i a George Otis DVD showing the total transformation of four cities. Powerful worship experience to watch this. Only one city is in the U.S. is the four. Guess where? Notice Amazon.com rated this as 5 star by every reviewer. And there are a lot of reviewers. Otis can tell you that what you see on the DVD is going on in hundreds of cities around  the world. The media just doesn’t report it. His organization, the Sentinel group, continues to track this.

Informed Intercession by George Otis, Jr.

This book is an objective study by Otis, describing what was in common with the stories on the DVD.

 

If you are really passionate about changing America, you will find in many cases Amazon will often price other third party  suppliers you can order from directly or used copies of these books at a much lower cost – in some cases for a penny, Or you can order a Kindle copy from Amazon.

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Resources for Transformation – Carl Townsend

The battle every man faces

Who is Carl?

Carl’s current writing on the subject of transformation and restoration focuses to two titles, one non-fiction (Beyond Illusion: Leading from Reality)  and another a fictional multi-book series (Breaking Light: XXXX)

Beyond Illusion: Leading from Reality – by Carl Townsend (PB and HB)
(Non-fiction) This book includes many direct and true personal stories from Carl as well as the story of Nehemiah. The Israelite nation was without vision, passion, or security. Sounds like America today! He turned the nation completely around in 52 days. How did he do it? At the same time he faced internal and external warfare. Personal restoration must come first, and then one can lead in city, regional, or national transformation.

Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero – by Carl Townsend
More information

This a fictional novel showing a small community in Seattle leading in a transformation in America, with the story opening in 2032. This first book in the series is already available.

Other resources:

The Sacred Romance by John Eldredge and Brent Curtis
The Sacred Romance – Field Manual – (PB)

We are often taught the Salvation story as an objective narrative – All have sinned, repent, surrender to Christ. The alternative – hell and damnation – strikes fear to our heart. This book tells the story as a journey in love, adventure, and an awesome battle. The Bible becomes a romance novel, the greatest romance story ever written, capturing you with perfect love.

Wild at Heart by John Eldredge (PB)
Wild at Heart – Field Manual – (PB)

The Way of the Wild Heart by John Eldredge
The Way of the Wild Heart – Field Manual – (PB)

Captivating –  (for women) PB by Stasi and John Eldredge
Captivating – Field Manual –  for women (PB)

Waking the Dead – by John Eldredge (PB)
Waking the Dead – Field Manual – (PB)

There are three eternal truths: Things aren’t what they seem, the world is at war, and each of us has a crucial role to play.

The Meaning of Persons by Paul Tournier

This is a 1957 classic by a famous Christian doctor that had incredible success with healing people. How did he do it? He wrote many books on what he learned. This is a good summary book.

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King by J. R.R. Tolkien

If you watched the movies, two very critical stories were omitted in the movie from the last book in the series. A quote in Book 1 is from one of those stories. In Book 2, both of those stores are critical to the plot line.

Chasing Daylight: Seize the Power of Every Moment by Erwin Raphael McManus

Transformations

An Otis DVD showing the total transformation for four cities. Powerful worship experience to watch. Only one is in the U.S.. Guess where?

Informed Intercession by George Otis, Jr.

This book is an objective study by Otis, describing what was in common with the transformation stories in the DVD.

 

If you are really passionate about changing America wish to save money, you will find in many cases Amazon will often price other sources or used copies of these books at a much lower cost – in some cases for a penny, Or you can order a Kindle copy from Amazon.

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Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero – Excerpt

 

aragorn300After the dinner, Mark stood again. “…Years ago as a child I remember growing up in the Northwest. I remember sitting in my mother’s lap by the fireplace as she read to me out of a children’s Bible. She read about some real heroes that were unbelievable. There was Moses, Daniel, Elijah, Jonathan. Remember Jonathan? Those Israelites were small in number, and the thousands of Philistines with iron weapons were camped to defeat them. Saul and Jonathan were the only Israelites with swords, and Saul was asleep under a pomegranate tree. Jonathan got up that night and, with his armor-bearer, said ‘Let’s get ‘em.’ They killed 20 in a few minutes time and ended up routing the entire Philistine army. Love those stories—and the heroes.”

“Later my mother took me to meetings where I met some real heroes, leaders in the eyes of my mother, and with them she challenged me. One day she gave me my own Bible. In it, the words of Jesus were in red. ‘I thought,’ I told her, ‘that what Jesus did was more important than what he said.’ She told me I was right. ‘Then,’ I asked, ‘why don’t they make a Bible with what Jesus did in red?’”

“She smiled and gently replied. ‘You are right, but they don’t make Bibles that way. When Jesus lives in your heart as Savior and Lord, your hands become the hands of Jesus.’”

“‘I want that.’ I told my mother. And she led me to the Lord.”

“Some day, when my life story is written, I pray my works might be seen as those of Christ and, in that sense, ‘in red.’”

“We each have our dreams. For each of us, the temptress calls, like the singing siren, and lulls us from taking any conscious action. We tend to avoid the pain of rejection, doubt, and disappointment and have numbed ourselves from the epic story of a life fully lived to which God calls us. To sleep through your dreams is to choose a life of restless nights and unfulfilled passions. I applaud the work of this small group that now challenges every one of us and yes, even the sleeping church. God’s invitation to each of us is to seize the divine, or kairos moments, which are found in the needs of other people’s lives and to speak that moment into them, to encourage them to take hold of their own epic story, even as you take hold of your own moment.”

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Carl Townsend / Transforming America / Biography

CarlCarl has been deeply involved with city transformation for over thirty years. During much of the early part of this he worked directly with Portland leadership providing technical tools and support leading up the famous Billy Graham Crusade of 1992. Inexpensive technical tools were almost non-existent then, but with what we had we successfully created a database of the 1800+ local churches (harvest force database) the city leaders used it to network pastors for massive prayer summits at the coast. The prayers and crusade led to a Church growth in the area of 8-10% a year for awhile in the most unchurched area of our country. Since then Carl has helped other cities internationally begin what is now called spiritual mapping. In the Nehemiah biblical narrative, Nehemiah’s friends had been spiritually mapping Jerusalem and brought the results to Nehemiah. This initiated Nehemiah’s burden and the rebirth of Jerusalem.

Carl has also followed the research of George Otis, Jr. , who has identified and documented hundreds of places in the world where the Spirit of God has intersected with corruption, poverty, prostitution, drugs and greed and has seen these places experience total transformation in multiple ways simultaneously: political, economic, spiritual, business, educational, agricultural, and more. From the research of Otis, leaders began to understand the factors that were common to each transformation. Carl’s seen and heard stories that you would not believe even if I shared them here.

Carl has gone to Singapore, India, London, as well as several American cities, one after another to explore the hearts and lives of others longing for transformation, the intimacy with God than Man lost shortly after creation but still available today to those that seek Him.

In a 1989 trip to England to speak and then planned to go to Switzerland for some R&R, Carl contracted Gillian Barre Syndrome while in England that physically destroyed his peripheral neural system. The destruction was so intensive he was told by his doctors he would never walk again. A little over a year later after a few miracles he walked again. Within only a few months his wife contracted leukemia, and he soon lost her. Carl returned to England a few years afterwards to speak at another conference, taking his pastor with him this time.While there, Carl met a young man who have traveled all night from Germany to talk with him. Carl remembers his question:

“What is the most important advice,” he asked, “you can give me about going into this spiritual mapping?”

Without even blinking, Carl answered his question.

“Be very sure you have a good team of prayer warriors praying for you. The Enemy knows spiritual mapping is very strategic and will do anything to stop you.”

Carl has authored over forty books, with four of these on the transformation process. He is also available for speaking or consulting.

“Carl is a man who hears what the Spirit is saying and places the poetry of that message for the reader to hear for himself”
Bettie P. Mitchell, Founder and former International Executive Director,Good Samaritan Ministries

 

Favorite Movie: The Illusionist (starring Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, Paul Giamatti)

Favorite Singer: Katherine Jenkins

Favorite Song:Love Never Dies” by Andrew Lloyd Weber from the Opera by the same name – as sung by Katherine Jenkins.

Favorite Book(s): After the Bible, The Sacred Romance and Wild at Heart, both by John Eldredge.

Favorite Hero: Jesus Christ

Favorite Quote: The hands of the King are the hands of a healer. And so shall the rightful king be known“, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Ioreth

 Home: http://www.creatingnewworlds.org

 

Transforming America

The tide of ungodliness that is sweeping the U.S.is appalling and the modern church is not only sitting on the side line but in bed with the world. God in heaven, give us another, John Knox, Martin Luther, Leonard Ravenhill. Give us men that hate sin and fear you, men who have crucified themselves and desire only your Glory and name to be magnified. How we need men of prayer, men that prostrate themselves before a Holy God in fear and humility to bring tyrants to their knee in fear and trembling.What is it going to take to awaken the complacent church?

 

On the battlefield

carlanimWriting “fiction” is so much fun. Real world stuff, like the 5-yr old battery that died in my car and the car needing a new battery, is not fun. The folks at Shari’s gave me the jump I needed to get to the car place. All thanks to the staff a Tualatin’s Shari’s where I was copyproofing my book that day.

I’m now deep in developing the second book in the Breaking Light series: Breaking Light: Healing of the Hearts. The entire book series describes the restoring of the American Nation and opens in 2032. The first book ends with an outstanding Christian man as President (Mark Pearson) with the miraculous help of a small non-denominational “Phoenix” church based deep in the Cascade Mountains of Washington.

In this second book, we are using a new dynamic editing method. The first book was so interactively authored that even with four external edits we missed several issues. This time we installed Grammarly internal to our Microsoft Word, and it dynamically checks for contextual spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, style, vocabulary enhancement, tense (to minimize past tense), and plagiarism as I write. We still do eternal developmental editing and some level of human copyediting.

We did run into a major problem in development editing of the second book. That problem is fixed now and we are moving forward again. We have one heck-of-a-story now. Thanks to all who are helping. We should have the sample chapter for Book 2 back up soon. The book focus is on healing. Incidentally, the real-life Dr. Carson’s bus is named “Healng Hauler”.

Our main computer has been down all year until we have funds to fix or replace, and we’re doing the book on a laptop that was given to me. The laptop is new, and is demon-posessed. It does strange things at time, such as the cursor jumping suddenly to another place in the document or a paragraph disappearing for no reason. The estimated repair cost for the main computer is about $210. If more than that, we’d probably replace the computer.

Cheers and ever onward!
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