Where is the Church Today?

The lion roars again. Where's the Church?

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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

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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?

 

Excerpts from “Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero”

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Here are some excerpts from the first volume of the”Breaking Light” novel series by Carl. This first book of the series is shipping from Amazon.com. Enjoy these excerpts Thanks to everyone who has helped me on this. Enjoy in Paperback or Kindle.