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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
More information

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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Chiristmas Letter- 2014 Carl Townsend

Christmas 2014 - Carl Townsend

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Carl Townsend
8325 SW Mohawk, #48
Tualatin, OR 97062

December 19, 2014

Greetings!

Merry Christmas from my heart to yours!

They say as you get older, things become less important at Christmas and friends become dearer. That must be true, for I place much value of the friends I have, particularly on new ones I’ve met this year that as well as the ones I remember who have gone on to Glory. In addition to friends, I am thankful for health, that my mind still works, my church, that God & I have a growing intimacy and He’s still using me, and that I can live in the beautiful Northwest.

“…No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.”
1 Corinthians 2:9

Last Christmas I shared that I had started the writing of another book Breaking Light: Birth of a Hero. The book came out last July out and is now selling on Amazon. The remarkable thing is thing is that for the first time this cost me nothing but my time. Once I authored the book with my word processor and friends edited it, I could do the publishing part (setting up the master camera-ready copy in electronic form) and then do a print-on-demand with Amazon. Amazon does the distribution, selling, and some level of marketing for me both as with this as an e-book and paperback. The royalties to me are higher, as a lot of the middle guys (agent, publisher, etc.) are eliminated.

The battle

Creative Commoms-On the web, Click to Enlarge

The book is the “fictional” story of a small church in the Northwest wilderness committed to turning America back to God. As with the early outreach of the Christian church, it gets very dangerous for the adventurers. As with most novelists, fhe characters at times seem to be projections of real people.

I also have a very  special thanks for my editors as well as the professional photographer that helped with the cover. They are all a rich blessing. Thanks also to the couple that loaned me the use of their beach condo for some of the final editing. I’ve kept the book price at a low $10 until the end of the year. You can sample the cover, first chapter, and sample quotations from the book using the menu at: http://creatingnewworlds.org/2014/08/06/breaking-light-birth-of-a-hero/

Enjoy!  Lots of free stuff on that web page. You can also do some scanning by clicking the book icon on Amazon. Finally, the book is also available on Kindle as well as paperback. At the present time, I’m working on a sequel to the book. The working title of the sequel is Breaking Light: Reconciliation, Book 2. I don’t expect it out until much later in 2015.

 Interesting Web Addresses
– fun stuff:

(Don’t type the links in – click them by going to this: The Christmas letter on http://creatingnewworlds.org/2014/12/20/christmas-letter-2014-carl-townsend/ )

http://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/current Free newsletter from Hillsdale College. This is the latest issue and discusses the last November election. Subscribe for free and have issues mailed to you. Or read the latest issue or back issues from the menu here. The web site also has many speeches of famous people available at no cost as well as intensive online classes that are free. The college is not linked to any government program, which means speakers can speak their mind, the classes use factual material, and the printed newsletter is their own.

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Hear+Anthony+Hopkins+Waltz+Firts+Time&Form=VQFRVP#view= detail&mid=874671A3C01980A3A727874671A3C01980A3A727
Sir. Anthony Hopkins wrote this waltz 50 years ago. Watch as he hears it for the first time since he wrote it!

http://www.creatingnewworlds.org Carl’s own ministry website.

http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/the-pulse/46229-8-clear-signs-of-a-compromising-church 8 Clear Signs of a Compromising Church.

Prayer Requests

  • Marketing of Breaking Light Birth of a Hero. This is primarily done though my ministry web site at http://www.creatingnewworlds.org. Google recently changed the rules on how they rank web sites on results. I have a copy the new rules and am trying to make them work.
  • The authoring of Breaking Light: Reconciliation (Book 2)
  • The financial base to keep going with the book series. My main computer went down a few days ago. I’m working on a laptop that was gifted to me at the moment. Probably April or May before main computer is repaired.

In His Love,

Carl

Christmas in 2013 – Breaking Light

For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made us understand that this light is the brightness of the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Cor 4:5-6 NLT

Merry Christmas and an Astonishing New Year

Nativity Scene (c) Jeff Weese / Flickr/creative commons

Nativity Scene (c) Jeff Weese / Flickr/creative commons

This past year has been interesting in that I slacked off a lot of secular work and focused on ministry. That meant I’d have little income but taking on an interesting project: writing my first Christian fiction book.

It all started last April as I drove with a lady friend to a Graham Cooke conference when she turned to me and said “it’s time to write another book.” I told her I didn’t have the time or money for it. She said “Yes, you do”.

After praying about it, I told her I felt led to do a fiction book. Amazon will set the book up free now and do a print on demand from that. That means I have to do the setup work, but I think I have the skills for that. So I was off and running. The book title is Breaking Light. You can see the cover at http://www.creatingnewworlds.org/images/covergaramond3.pdf

Tag: What happens when a small community of believers risks everything to change everything.

The book is set in the year 2032, which gives me a lot of freedom to set the stage. Toward the end of the book as the new U.S. Presidential nomine steps to the stage and speaks. He is speaking at a reception honoring the small group of believers that has saved his life.

“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 kairos moments, 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 it, even as you take hold of your own moment.”

Carl Townsend

Carl

I loved living into that world and writing it. The book is “completed” and my friend Wayne McCroskey has already done the editing on it. He did a great job. I then gave it to a certain lady friend for editing. She liked what I did; then exploded creatively with new ideas and helping me draw out the characters better and locations better. When she returned the book work she did, it looked like a chicken had walked over every page. Heavy, creative input. Last Saturday we met and we did even more brainstorming. I may have to list her as co-author. (I have no problem with that.) Getting the new stuff in will take a little time, but I’m committing a lot of my holiday time and beyond as necessary to it.

No, you can’t order the book yet. We’ll let you know when it is available, hopefully in a few months.

In the same way, I challenge you to dream and explode your own life during the next year. Expect God to astonish you. God’s out to do a number on you. Believe it.

In His name,

Carl

Christmas message from Keith Green

Melody Green's BethlehemThis picture is from Melody Green’s Facebook page. Melody was married to Keith Green, Keith was outstanding Christian singer that died tragically in a plane crash with two of his children in 1982 . (He was only 28 then). Melody also has a great picture of one of Keith’s grand-kids trying to play Drummer Boy.

“It’s time to quit playing church and start being the Church (Matt. 18:20)” — Keith Green

(PS – don’t confuse Keith with Steve Green, another leading Christian singer who is still alive and ministering internationally. My favorite Christmas CD is Steve Green’s “Joy to Christmas”. My favorite track there is his “Jesus is Born” – but other tracks are also more than great. I’m playing This CD as I write this.)

Christmas Greetings from Carl.

Christmas, 2012
Merry Christmas!

Christmas evening rehearsal

Christmas evening rehersal

Thanks to everyone who has been visiting this site. May you have a great Christmas and a great new year.

It really amazes me that when Jesus was born very few people seem to realize what God was doing. The humble shepherds got the message – very dramatic worship experience. The wise men got it. The rest of Bethlehem was asleep. Even as Jesus later moved into His ministry, the religious leaders could not see who He was or that He was the one they had been waiting for. Yet the wild demoniac of the Decapolis area saw who He was and fell down in worship. And this was in the dark of the night in a cemetery.

Where are you in this story? Where is your church and religious leaders in your life in this story?

Want a great book that’s my favorite of the past year? Get a copy of When Heaven Invades Earth: A Practical Guide to a Life of Miracles by Bill Johnson, a pastor in California. I promise you this will challenge you as no other book you have ever read. I have a link to it on my ministry web site – just click the book title here (yes, we make a little on each Amazon sale that uses this link. Order lots of it.)

Have a great new year and watch out – God is doing some wild stuff in your life if you have your eyes open.

Blessings,

Carl
http://www.creatingnewworlds.org (ministry)
http://www.netadventures.biz (business)

Where’s the Line to see Jesus?

A really beautiful Christmas song – “Where’s the line to see Jesus. ”

 

Lyrics: http://www.share-christmas.com/music/linetoseejesus.htm

 

Becky on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Becky-Kelley/140275889345683

Over 3 million hits!

Background Information (from a circulating email) (apparently written by Becky):

About the Song: “While at the mall a couple of years ago, my then four year old nephew, Spencer, saw kids lined up to see Santa Claus. Having been taught as a toddler that Christmas is the holiday that Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, he asked his mom, “where’s the line to see Jesus”?

“My sister mentioned this to my dad, who immediately became inspired and jotted words down to a song in just a few minutes. After putting music to the words, and doing a quick recording at home, he received a great response from friends. He sent the song off to Nashville without much response, except for a Christian song writer who suggested adding a bridge at the end of the first chorus.

“My dad then asked if I wanted to record the song to see what we could do with it. I listened to the song, made a few changes to the words to make it flow better, and we headed to Shock City Studios. It was at the studio where Chris, owner and producer, rewrote the 2nd verse and part of the chorus… with goose bumps and emotions high, we were all hopeful and felt like we had something special.

“The demo was recorded in just under 2 hours and sent off again to Nashville … still no response. Then 2 weeks before Christmas last year, my cousins Greg and Robbie decided to do a video to see what we could accomplish on YouTube. (The link is below.) The first day we had 3000 hits and it soared from there. We received e-mails, phone calls, Facebook messages from people all over asking for the music, CD’s, iTunes, anything… we had nothing. After a couple of meetings with Chris following the amazing response, we got serious.

“We headed back into the studio this past spring… this time with guitars, drums, bass, pianos, choirs… the real deal…. and here we are today. Getting iTunes set up, a website put together, and loving that thousands upon thousands of Christians have come together… remembering the true meaning of Christmas. Out of the mouths of babes come profound truths that many adults can not understand. Hopefully Spencer’s observation will cause people all over to reflect on the love of Jesus, and that one day we will all stand in line to see Him.

“We are most thankful to our Heavenly Father to have this chance to share our music with you. Merry Christmas everyone.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=OExXItDyWEY&vq=medium

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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.

Christmas letter – December, 25, 2011


Christmas, 2011

Greetings to you and your family. I pray God has been gracious to you this year.

The story of Samuel in the Bible can shed much light for each of is in what seems, to many, as the darkening days of America’s vision. The Israelite nation at the time Samuel was born was a very spiritually dark nation. The story begins about Judges 19 in some of the most hideous stories in the Bible. Four times in Judges it says “the people did what was right in their own eyes.” Post –Modernism. There’s nothing new about that stuff. Samuel was born of a very spiritual mother who, at that time, was desperately praying for a son. God grants her wish. She leaves this child, born of her covenant with God, at the temple (Shiloh). Shiloh was now a place that had long lost its spiritual significance to the people. The third chapter of 1 Samuel begins “and the word of the Lord was rare in those days, and there was no vision”.

Just like today. No presidential candidate has put up a real spiritual vision for the country. President Obama did not even mention God this year in his Thanksgiving address. Congress is no longer functioning. Corruption is rampant and not punished, and the Constitution has been violated repeatedly. Even though in his oath of office Obama promised to preserve, protect, and defend it.

The third chapter of Samuel speaks into a similar time today. The chapter seems to have a constant play of words as we see the encounter of Samuel with God. It says the vision of Eli, the high priest, had become dim – probably cataracts. Eli had also lost his spiritual vision. God had to speak to Samuel, as Eli’s spiritual hearing was not longer there. Normally Eli’s sons would inherit the high priest calling, but in this case the sons were corrupt (1 Samuel 2). Now the third play of words “The lamp of God had not yet gone out,..( 1 Sam 3:3). Isn’t that awesome? God does not leave His people without light. And then it says “the Lord came and stood, as at other times.” Oh my. By then end of the chapter God uses Samuel (one person) to restore the vision and speak God’s words, and Place (Shiloh) is restored.

Today, at Christmas, it is the time for us to celebrate the birth of Christ, the Light of the world, and to realize that God is still acting, still the Light, and this Light hasn’t gone out. Do you believe it? Can you act on it?

Carl’s been busy this year. Back at school, I’ve just complete a third semester of straight A’s. Web design and all that cool stuff. Yep – we do web sites. Just finished my marketing class and with it, my marketing plan. I also have a very popular ministry website and also am on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Check out my websites (see the signature area below).

As to my favorites for the year:

Book: Beautiful Outlaw, by John Eldredge. Personal insights from John Eldredge on the life of Christ.. You can order the book from Amazon here.. Lots of reviews there – with a 5-star rating. The 240 page book is available hard-cover for only $11.49 there.

Movie: Courageous – another movie done by those people in Georgia that gave us the Fireproof movie. Trailer is at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1630036/. Another excellent trailer is at http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi3459357721/. It will be released for sale and rent January 17, 2012. You can reserve it on Amazon (purchase) and Netflix (rental) now.

Music The Prayer, sung by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion at the Central Park concert this year. Awesome song written by David Foster. No contest on this. Get it on the One Night in Central Park DVD available on the PBS website as video. (Don’t just get the CD – you want all the non-verbal messages that are there on the DVD video. At the moment Amazon only has the CD. The full program on television was 2 ½ hours with the ads. The PBS version has the full program in high quality video. You can get it at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=12403168&cp=1378002.1789689&pg=2&parentPage=family

Blessings! Have a Great Year!

Carl Townsend

Business: http://www.netadventures.biz

Ministry: http://www.creatingnewworlds.org

 

 

 

 

 

Give a Unique Christmas Present

Looking for a unique gift idea? Why not give them one of our books. Our most popular books are the most recent Beyond Illusion: Leading from Reality and In Pursuit of Healing. We can ship both from our stock here immediately or you can order from Amazon.

On your request, we will autograph the book.

All books are shipped the same or next day you place the order.If you wish to order both at the same time, we will send a check to reimburse you on any overpayment of the shipping and handling.

The Christmas Story Through the Eyes of a Child

The Christmas Story through a child’s eyes:For more info see: http://stevefogg.typepad.com/blog/2010/12/probably-the-best-christmas-video-in-the-world.html