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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.

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.

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. Where are you dreaming? Using the Internet and a web site, you can build networks that are not geographically limited to reach across churches and geographic boundaries to effect change. Also feel free to donate if you wish to help Carl’s ministry work. That option is on this site’s About page,

Also, if you dream big and want to explore your own web site or social media experience and talk with Carl about it, if you are in the Portland area he’ll give you free help to get started for the cost of his cup of coffee. Go ahead – call or email him today!

Restoring America -Carl Townsend

“Paralysis (masquerading as “confusion”) haunts every man when a looming decision will require a lot of us.”
John Eldredge

Restoring America

Founding Fathers

I want to see American restored. Like Nehemiah, I share a deep pain for my country (America) that has lost its way – no visioon, no passion, no leadership, no freedom, and no security. It hurts. There is a deep, deep burden there to see the America again for which those early forefathers bought with, sometimes, their lives.

In this lostness I see two churches. One is a church that tries to adapt to a dying culture and paradigm. This church, as in Germany before World War II, is experiencing a slow death in America. The members hardly recognize their dying and they continue to do what they’ve always done as the nation continues to fall, trying to adept to a failing culture. This is the cultural church.

The other is the confessional church. This Church sees there is a war, a spiritual war. They move to the front line, risking everything. Like Nehemiah, they take on the burden, the pain. We see Nehemiah praying and fasting for 40 days, asking God to forgive him and the nation. In World War II Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a part of this Church.

So I asked God what this meant for me.

I felt led to begin a multi-book Christian fictional novel that shows a path to national rebirth.

The story follows the strategies identified by George Otis (see his Informed Intercession: Transforming Your Community Through Spiritual Mapping and Strategic Prayer) where Otis found total transformation (spiritual, political, economic, healing, agricultural) had already started in certain cities and regions. The key components that were always there in each story included persevering leadership, fervent, united prayer, and often power encounters, diagnostic research and spiritual mapping. The basic problem today lies not with a particular person or political party, but rather is spiritual. There is a real war going on, and God calls you to be a part of it.

I started by defining some aspects of this story in the novel. In the first book of the series, the leadership is established.

The story is positive, uplifting, and exciting. You see hope and faith. The bad guys don’t stand a chance. God is in charge and this Church is committed to God’s authority.

  • The story has mystery, adventure, romance, risk, suspense.
  • It’s a heart story. Lots of hearts, romance, and love.
  • It is a VERY positive story full of hope and faith. The bad guys are out of the WH and Congress by the end of the first book. From that there is a lot of healing to do.
  • The conflict is real. We almost lose our protagonists at times. The actions of the bad guys, however, don’t dominate the story line. The story is driven from the characters and their relationships.
  • The story is biblically-based.
  • The plot line and story is believable. It is built from the stories of what God has done in my life and the lives of others. Sure, there are miracles, but no magic hat tricks.
  • Lots of music. Music is one of the only activities that activates, stimulates, and uses the entire brain. Book 2, in particular, has even more than Book 1. Dancers as well. It is no accident that Psalms is the longest book in the Bible.
  • There is overt and some direct evangelism in the story.
  • The story is highly mythic. The story begins with a lone young man striking out on a desolate wilderness trail to find a spiritual community he has heard about. The wilderness is not only physical, but also emotional and spiritual. In the second chapter there is a mist, a river, and more. All are mythic symbols. At the beginning our young man is frustrated, unable to change anything from his cultural church. In the second chapter he is frustrated, lost in a mist (another symbol), and has fallen on the ground and lying in the trail. He can hear the river (another symbol) and struggles to find the water he needs. It is at this point he meets the confessional Church.

You see all of these in Book 1. An early copy of my first chapter is online and free here. (The map in the chapter can be blown up on the PC using Shift-Ctrl buttons on the keyboard & mouse), the entire book is at Amazon.com. I’m working on Book 2 now. It is really fun.

Get involved – Let’s restore America

Book 1, Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero is already out and and can be ordered from Amazon.com:

Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero (PB)- $11.00 by Carl Townsend More information (“fiction”)
First book in a fictional novel series about what happens in America when then the Nehemiah strategies are applied.

Read the First Chapter Free

Here is Carl’s book on the Nehemiah story:

Beyond Illusion: Leading from Reality – $18.86 by Carl Townsend (PB) (Non-fiction)
Carl in this book tells the story of Nehemiah. The nation was without vision, passion, or security.. Sounds like America today! He turned the nation completely around in 52 days. At the same time he faced internal and external warfare.

 What”s Next?

Carl is hard at work on Book 2 in the Breaking Light series. The working title is Breaking Light: The Healing of the Hearts. Don’t expect a lot of political games as the new President begins his term. He is far, far more interested in seeing healing and being a catalyst for healing. Lots more music. The President is shifting leadership to the people and making the government smaller and less visible. Also you will discover the back story of the first book made visible in Book 2.

Beyond Illusion: Leading from Reality

“For the revelation [vision] awaits an appointed time ,it speaks [as to kindle a fire] of the end [the Karios moment]. Though it linger, wait for it.it will certainly come and will not delay.” Hab. 2:3

get beyond illusion
Look at the Nehemiah story.  Those guys doing the spiritual mapping of Jerusalem were reporting to Nehemiah that there was no vision, no passion, no security, no leadership and that those chosen people there were in disgrace. Is that a picture of America today? So here this one man goes in and turns that completely around in 52 days. Really? Remember this “one man” first spent four months in prayer and fasting. For what was Nehemiah praying? There is no wall mentioned in that first chapter of Nehemiah. He wasn’t praying for a wall. For what was he praying?

Carl’s book. Beyond Illusion: Leading from Reality, speaks into this change. Take a look at the Table of Contents, then order your copy from Amazon.com.



Quotations from Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero (Book 1)

Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero - Creative Commons

Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero – Creative Commons

(Roger to Ken)
“In mythology, the Phoenix was a bird resembling an eagle that lived for 500 years and was periodically reborn. When it died, it rose again from its ashes more beautiful and more powerful. The Phoenix was subsequently adopted as a symbol in early Christianity. It can refer to the Church or an individual. The Phoenix is also used to refer to somebody or something beautiful or unique. There are leaders out there that define prophecy as calling forth the beauty of another person that God sees in that person; but that person may not be able to see that beauty in themselves until it is called out. Satan tries to keep us from seeing it. The reality is the person is unique in the eyes of God, created for a specific purpose even before they are born.”

(Melody to Ken)
“Now change the verse [Luke 4:18-22] and our mantra to reflect this Post-Resurrection state and put your name in there. This is the way John Eldredge puts it.”

“God has sent the Holy Spirit on a mission.
I have great news for you, Ken.
God has sent the Holy Spirit to restore and release something.
And that something is you, Ken.
The Holy Spirit is here to give you back your heart and set you free.”

(Tom to Ken)
“The biggest challenge for anyone on this earth is the rescue of the human heart. Starting with your own. No other creation has that passion. No other part of creation is created for and searches for that intimacy with God.”

The battle

Creative commons: Aragorn

(Tom to Ken)
“Ken”, Tom said, “The war is already launched. The question that haunts every man is where that battle is in his own life and the adventure to which that battle calls him.”

(Lorraine to Ken)
“Ken, I’ll tell you this about what you were researching today. I’ve lived here for many years and I don’t believe Frank Benson’s death was an accident. Don’t ask me to prove it or who is involved. I just know it wasn’t an accident.”

(Mrs. Benson to Ken)
“Ken, this area was once the center of the Cherokee Indian people group in America. Two centuries ago in 1838 legislation was signed that forced all the Cherokee Indians to move west of the Mississippi River into reservations. This was under Andrew Jackson’s Presidency, and some 15,000 Cherokees were forced to leave their home. About 4,000 Cherokees died on the march that eventually came to be known as the Trail of Tears.”
…Ken noticed that as she shared, it was as if a great pain and burden fell over her. The brilliant, twinkling eyes began to tear up. Then she quickly pulled herself together. For a brief moment Ken heard another voice. Beautiful. Then that voice was gone.
“I’m sorry,” she said.

Lorraine practically dragged him out of the library, down the steps to the mall, around the corner at the Edison Fountain and into the café. Back to that same table and she said, “Sit”.
“Look,” she said with her eyes flashing. “I believe God did something last night and we just don’t see it yet. God set us up. Something happened, we just don’t see it. There is an agenda in play. God’s agenda. Maybe it wasn’t the one we expected; but our job is to keep our eyes open and to do the best we can, praying for God to reveal His agenda. Remember those Israelites on the edge of their Promised Land? Only they could not see it. They missed the window of opportunity, or kairos moment God gave them and as a result were commanded to wait for the next generation to go in. Let’s pray on that now.”

“Another thing, Ken” Lorraine said, “You must learn to see with your heart. God is after your heart. Pray that God can help you to see with that heart.”

Finally, Don paused and gave a deep sigh. “Today, again, Crusaders must march to recover what was stolen from the Christians by the Muslims and others. This today, in many ways, is the First Crusade for us and the Church today. Those Crusaders made major mistakes at times. We must avoid those.”…
Lorraine asked a question. “What are we supposed to take back?”
Don turned to her. “The political system, the educational system, the health system, the judicial system, the financial system, the family, even the church as an institution2. They have all been stolen from us. Who do you see as a Crusader today?”

“I’ve got my purse. Tom, can I call Ginger and let her know we are all right?”
“No, Lorraine. None of us can call or contact anyone. When the news does get out about the car crashes, there will be people who care about you that will think you are dead. There will be obituaries in the newspapers and on television and the Internet, along with memorial services for you. And there’s not a thing you can do about it. Anyone you even try to contact will become a target. You will have to put aside, for now, any normal emotional response you may have about that. The only advantage we have right now is that the people who are trying to kill us probably think we’re dead and will quit, for the moment, chasing us. There is a consolation. The Church in Sunodia and Seattle is praying for us. They won’t stop.

Lorraine started their conversation.
“This is getting far more than scary.”
“Lorraine,” Tom said, “we can’t go back now. I think God is going to act, real soon, in ways we can’t possibly imagine. I think we’re going to see something big.”
“Like parting the Red Sea?” joked Ken.
Tom jumped in, “Careful, Ken, God may do just that, or at least something that looks like that to us.”


“And you are going to change this?”
“Nope. God will do it. He’s going to use the Holy Spirit to enable us to restore this nation.”
“God help you, Tom.”
“I sure hope so. Will you help us?”

(Speech by Mark Pearson, incoming American Presidential nominee)
“We each have our dreams. Yet, 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 kairosmoments, that 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.”1

 (From a speech to the Phoenix group by Mark, incoming US Presidential nominee, quoting a former Czech Premier)
”The danger to America is not President Mike Henderson [former President], but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of a Henderson presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Henderson, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Mike was just a willing puppet with a personal agenda. He knows nothing of how America has been forged or what patriotism is. Nothing. Blaming the prince of fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Mike Henderson, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who elected him as President.2

Book 1 of the series is out now as Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero.. Order from Amazon.com or see:

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Website: http://www.creatingnewworlds.org





What Happened to the American Church?

George Barna

George Barna (Creative Commons)

A few years ago I attended a conference in which the following quote was made by George Barna(1):

I’ve concluded that within the next five years America will experience one of two outcomes: either massive spiritual revival or total moral anarchy.

Looks like Americans have chosen the anarchy route and we are right on course for seeing his prophecy become reality. Where is the Church in this? To quote Leonard Ravenhill “If Jesus preached the same message that ministers preach today, He would never have been crucified.” I also like John Eldredge’s book, Waking the Dead.

After that Barna conference a few years ago, I wrote Beyond Illusion: Leading From Reality, a non-fiction account of how Nehemiah turned Israel around in 52 days. When Nehemiah started, Jerusalem was much as America is today: no leadership, no vision, no passion, no security, no financial resources. How did God use him to effect the transformation?(2) In writing that book, I went down and spend a few days with mentor Bob Waymire to understand better what Nehemiah did.

I wondered what would happen if a Christian took on that challenge today in America. The last few years, I redid the non-fiction Beyond Illusion book message as a new fictional story that takes place in 2032. Of course, it isn’t really 2032, but I needed to show the reader that this is really a spiritual war and in the present time.  In writing this “Book 1″ of this new Breaking Light series, I had a hard time keeping my protagonists alive. In Chapter 9 of this fiction story, there are three attempts on their lives. Yep, looked like they’d get crucified.I had to put the book down until God could help me figure out how to keep them alive. Incidentally, Nehemiah had the same problem staying alive.

That first book of the new series is out now. You can order both the Beyond Vision and Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero from Amazon.


Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero

Beyond Illusion: Leading from Reality


1. George Barna is the founder of The Barna Group, a market research firm specializing in studying the religious beliefs and behavior of Americans
2. There are five chapters in the of personal journey in earlier Beyond Illusion book that lead up to the Nehemiah story.

The Hero – Every man has a battle he has to fight. Want to be a hero?

Resources for Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero

The battle every man faces
Eldredge wrote Waking the Dead, another major book relative to the themes that led to my writing the Breaking Light series. Both Eldredge books along with Captivating for women (written by Stasi and John Eldredge), and Carl’s “Beyond Illusion: Leading from Reality” are non-fiction books. I wondered what would happen if someone really lived the heroes Eldredge projected. I took on that challenge with “fictional” Breaking Light:Birth of a Hero. It is a very wild fictional adventure set in 2032. Only it is not fiction and not 2032.

Be aware that when you are engaged in prayer and have a burden that God gives you, you are engaged in warfare. Few people are aware of the issue of prayer and its relationship to healing.  Few understand the dangers and power involved. In the name of Jesus you are taking authority and the power for the healing. That is the last thing the Enemy wants. The Enemy doesn’t even want you to know there is a war going on. These are the key resources we suggest for the journey.

Here are a few resources we suggest fo0r this. To save postage, order more than one. Catch Carl at church or about and he should have the latest book with him and maybe more.

Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero (PB)- $11.00 by Carl Townsend    More information

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

Beyond Illusion: Leading from Reality – by Carl Townsend  (PB)
Carl in this book tells the story of Nehemiah. The nation was without vision, passion, or security. Sounds like America today! He turned the nation completely around in 52 days. At the same time he faced internal and external warfare.



Christmas Flash Mob

The Christmas Flash mobs have started. Here’s an oldie but goodie:

Need gift ideas for your friends?

Why not give them a copy of Carl’s book Beyond Illusion; Leading from Reality? This book speaks into the chaos we see today in America, shows how much America is like the Jews in Jerusalem at the time of Nehemiah, and how Nehemiah turned the nation around in only 52 days. See the Table of Contents here. You can order the book here.

What America’s Election Means

There are many views on this, even within the Christian community. Dutch Sheets did an excellent response in defining five of these from what he is hearing in his ministry (http://www.dutchsheets.org/electionresponse.html). I would suggest you read each of these as a starter.

I wept watching the Democratic Convention as they endorsed homosexuality, abortion, Islam, greed, adultery, and socialism while throwing out God, the Constitution, justice, and a long list of values that were the essential ingredients at the founding of our country. The bottom line is that God is ticked off, and that means God is going to be judging – in the here-now.

Let’s look at a bit of history first. We live on a visited planet. Long ago in a Garden Man walked with God and experienced peace, purpose, and love. When Man sinned, he lost that. But God promised Adam and Eve a Visitor would come (Jesus) that could restore what was lost. Jesus did come, opening up a path to each of us to regain that Place and relationship that was lost.

Ever since losing the Garden, however, Man has tried to get back to God on his own. First the Tower of Babel, then later we see the struggle as the Israelites (Man) tried to go into Canaan on their own. The early settlers in America were the New Israel. The Puritans did it right and struggled for survival, and then saw God do miracles to enable them to survive. Then they got prosperous. What happened then?

Then the Americans moved west, looking for Eden where my own city of Portland is today, again looking for Eden. Our latest adventure to find Eden involves traveling into space in billion-dollar spaceships. Only humans have any desire to embrace this pursuit. The reason is based into the purpose for which we were created in the first place – to glorify God and to experience His love. We want Eden, Place. And Jesus said “I go to prepare a Place for you.”

Where is America Today?

George Otis

George Otis, Jr.

So where is America today? Revival is rare in America today. George Otis Jr. says that of nearly•800 cases of authentic, transforming revival in the last 15 years, only two were in North America. Researcher George Otis Jr. unveils why revival has become so rare in Western society—and what we can do to change that. (http://creatingnewworlds.org/2012/11/12/3124/). Do we really pray? Do we really want what God seeks to give us? Here is what was common in the places Otis found God breaking through.

The greatest breakthrough today is where the Spirit of God comes down and attaches Himself to the broken and humble. It’s where God goes when He wants pleasure.
George Otis, Jr.

When Daniel saw his glorious visitor, what did his visitor says was the reason that Daniel experienced the visit?

Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.
Dan 10:12 NKJV (Emphasis added)

Does this describe where your church was this election and where you were in praying for the election?

When the Israelites stood on the edge of The Promised Land (or Promised Times as it more accurately translates), the spies were sent in. Only Joshua and Caleb brought back a good report and saw what it as Place. It was already theirs, Joshua and Caleb could see it. The others could not. As a result, God was ticked off and of the adults, only Joshua and Caleb went in. They had to wait until an entire generation had died. There was a window of opportunity and they could not see it. The word Times here translates as a strategic opportunity that, if not taken, is gone forever. This is the same as the Greek word kairos used in the New Testament to refer to this type of window.
Later as they are in Canaan, we see another interesting verse:

Of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command;
1 Chron 12:32a NKJV

Now this is interesting. The same Hebrew word is used for times here. They had the gift of discerning the window, or time, in which to act and also knew the action step.

It is important to understand that when we are standing at that Kairos moment, we have full authority, with God, to step through the window. In the Model Prayer Christ taught his disciples, when we pray “may you will be done in Heaven as it is already done on earth”. It is not so much an intercessory prayer, but a prayer of declaration, one of taking final authority in the name of Christ for what is already done. This is what so many of us fail to understand today. It is already ours.

Our prayers in this election were not in vain. God is not mocked. Some Christian leaders are already telling us that Obama is the Belshazzar of Daniel 5. (And you know what happened to him.) I do not know. I do know, however, the God will judge. Our nation is not outside of God’s judgment. Neither is our nation outside of His mercy if there is repentance. I believe we are seeing the beginning of another Awakening; but you won’t see it by passively waiting. This is the kairos moment. Will we act on it?

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. Where are you dreaming? Also feel free to donate if you wish to help Carl’s ministry work. That option is on this site’s About page,

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The Next Awakening in America

With the election history, today I’m watching the stock market plummet and reading Facebook posts from unhappy people. I could say a few critical things, but I’d rather talk about vision.

The Lincoln movie comes out in a few days. The historical fact is that Lincoln’s goal at that time was not the freedom of the slaves. Lincoln’s goal the unity of the Republic and whatever was the best strategy to accomplish that. I don’t know how well the movie will bring that out, but that unity was his goal was a historical fact.

In some ways, we are at a similar point with our nation today – there is major disunity. Many people are looking at the Lincoln presidency and trying to understand what he did. There are serious problems today, and people aren’t pulling together. Unfortunately, as well, you can’t solve this as Lincoln did. The issue here is more of a values issue that separates. The values of our forefathers have been thrown out the window along with our Constitution. Without course correction, America is headed to anarchy (I’m quoting Christian Growth researcher George Barna).

Now let’s look at God’s Strategy:


You know the verse:

if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
2 Chron. 7:14 NKJV

An awakening movement always begins with prayer. The local leaders were calling Portland years ago for this transformational prayer, a prayer that the Holy Spirit would sweep over the city with such power that we would see a true spiritual transformation and awakening. We have seen such awakenings here in the past: The early 1900’s with the Methodists leading, the revivals of John G. Lake in Portland with their miraculous healing, and the Pentecost revivals

Look to God’s Word for direction for the future.

In Ephesians 6:10-20. the Apostle Paul lists the weapons of the Christian in spiritual warfare. All of these are defensive weapons except for two: The Word of God, which is the Sword of the Spirit, and Prayer.

There was no “Bible” at the time this was written. The phrase “Word of God” here translates from Rhema of God, and refers to a spoken word from God that has power. When God said “Let there be Light”, it was a rhema word, a spoken word, that initiated the action. A spoken word that God gives us to speak out loud has the same effect. Since all of the Scripture is given by God, when we speak from the Scripture out loud with a relevant verse given by God, it becomes rhema and has power. Praying the rhema word of God out loud unleashes incredible power.

Don’t Stop Voting (you do it every day with the choices you make).

This is a quote that I love from Randy Alcorn. You have a responsibility to step up and live and speak your values.

For more on American Awakenings Today, see: http://creatingnewworlds.org/2012/09/06/awakenings-in-america-v-can-it-happen-again/.

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.

Awakenings in America – IV

The Pentecostal Movement

Brother Seymour

William Seymour

The Welsh Revival of 1904-1905 in Wales soon came to America, and of particular note was the 1906 Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles. The Azusa Street Revival is commonly regarded as the beginning of the modern-day Pentecostal Movement. The meeting place was nothing more than a dirt-floor barn with a capacity of 900, with meetings led by Brother Seymor, a black evangelist. The initial controversy here as the movement spread was not the issue of glossolalia (speaking in tongues), but rather a racial issue—many nationalities and ethnic groups (as many as 20 at one time) came together in all-night communion services,. A friend of Seymor believed it was against God’s will for people from such assorted ethnic and racial groups to come together in communion and worship.2 The attack from the enemy here, as in most cases, is seldom theological but more in the attempts to cause division and fractionalization. This strategy had its very roots in the early church (Acts 6) where the initial internal strife was not theological, but ethnic.

One catalyst for the start of the revival was the April 18, 1906 earthquake that hit San Francisco, adding a sense of urgency for repentance. The revival with its Pentecostal influence spread up the west coast and then to other countries—50 countries in two years. The revival in my own city of Portland eventually evolved to a third generation of “temple” churches: Bible Temple, Emmanuel Temple, and Portland Temple.

The Pentecostal movement that exploded at that time attracted primarily the blue-collar workers. Like earlier Protestant revivals, there was an emphasis on prayer, confession of sin, and repentance. It distinguished itself from the Protestant revivals by an emphasis on spiritual gifts, tongues, and healing. Typical services included spontaneous healings, prophecies, speaking in tongues, and other manifestations.

Peter Wagner writes that most Christians were not prepared for this type of outpouring of the Holy Spirit. There was no Protestant theology to support this work of the Holy Spirit. The Protestants did the only thing they could and declared the Pentecostals heretics. In older books about false cults you will see Pentecostals listed along with Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons. It took almost half a century for this movement to gain respect through the leadership of such men as David du Plessis and Thomas Zimmerman.

The years of revival forged new missions outreach across cultures and people groups around the world. World War I started a few years later, and with it this revival passed into history.
Copyrighted 2012, Carl Townsend, Excerpted from Beyond Illusion: Leading from Reality by Carl Townsend. Why not order your copy?