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.

Desperate to Restore America – Carl Townsend

I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians   3:14

Restoring America

Creative commons: Breaking through

In the movie The Man from Snowy River, Jim Craig (Tom Burlinson) makes that incredible ride over the cliff. Tom did the stunt himself (as well as the other stunts in the movie), without having ridden horses much before. In the movie, the rugged ranch-hands and mountain men are chasing the brumbies, to which Harrison’s prize stallion has escaped. A brumby is an Australia term for a wild, free-roaming horse, especially  one descended from runway stock.

You watch as the experienced mountain men  chase the brumbies all over the mountain using a wild, but  objective strategy (“Go at them from the jump,” Harrison has told them.). Finally you watch these mountain men stop abruptly at the top of a cliff as the brumbies go over the cliff almost straight down to a deep valley below. The mountain men stare helplessly at the brumbies far below with no way to reach them. Then they hear the hoof-beats of a horse at full-speed gallop behind them. Parting, they see Jim and his horse continuing at full gallop through them and over the cliff. There is the determined look of authority and faith in his face as he takes the risk.

What you see next is Jim (Tom Burlinson) taking the horse (Denny) straight down the face of the cliff at full gallop in a single, long movie take. I watched this in a theater and my stomach went to my throat.

Just like Jim and those horses, God is also wild. Look at your Bible and the stories there. Sarah was 90 when she bore the child of promise. Moses was 80 when he led a nation to freedom with a series of miracles. There was David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lion’s Den, a virgin that gave birth, and a man that rose from the dead. Pretty wild stories. There is no limit on what God can do.

God created you in His image. That means you are wild. In what way do you see you see yourself as free roaming and wild? Just like that horse Jim was on. We are supposed, however, to run under  the control of our Creator – God. In this analogy, you are the wild stallion and God holds the reins. The problem, to quote C.S. Lewis, is that most men see themselves as geldings, emasculated, and (as the gelding), unable to birth anything.  Yet Christ told us we can do everything He was doing and more in His name. This binding we tend to live under is an illusion from Satan himself. In what way do you see yourself in this war for your heart today?

Stand up, speak out, and act to protect your freedoms. My novel (which you can order from Amazon below) shows how a small church, with God’s help, can turn the nation around.

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 the Nehemiah strategies are applied and Transformation occurs. The story is driven by characters who have a vision and dream of restoring America and drive the changes from that.

Read the First Chapter Free

Getting Your Message Through Part 1- Carl Townsend

megaphoneIf your are serious about God’s call on your life, God will give you  a burden, a message. You then begin to respond that call and call other people to join you in terms of that call God is placing on your heart. That is your message. There are many ways to get your message out: social media, a blog, magazine articles, authoring/publishing a book, speaking, singing. and more.  How you share is important, but also here are some issues common to all of these.

  1. Who shares your message? Identify, in contemporary language, who is your tribe? Who also owns the same message? This “tribe” defines others you know that share your burden and message. This identifies your tribe and may exist within your current church, a viral church, your network of churches, or you may need to create your own “Church”. One major pastor shared with me as I left for a new job: “Stay with the vision God gives you, even if it costs your your life. Join a church that affirms that vision. If  you cant find it,, build it yourself with others that share it. As an example, back in the eighties Dr. Joe Aldrich began sounding a message that he wanted to see one city or region anywhere totally transformed by the Power of the Holy Spirit. By the early nineties, George Otis, Jr. had identified a dozen cities in the world where that was already happening.  His Sentinel group published the video story of four of these cities on  a DVD. Last time I talked with Otis, he had identified some 250 cities or regions worldwide, with fires started in some 500 more as this grows. This didn’t make your local newspaper, did it? In my own city. Dr. Joe identified those pastors who wished to see this locally and called them to prayer. We had a database of 1800 churches in our four-county area. In the Christian language, you define the harvest force.
  2. Define your audience very specifically. The “audience” defines those whom God wishes to hear your specific message. To use the Internet, which is very inexpensive, you need to aim at a very specific audience. This is very different from traditional advertising, which casts its net to a very broad audience to get a few people within it taking action. Your audience should be a group of people you are naturally called to. In the Christian language, this is your harvest field.
  3. Define your message. What is your specific message to your audience? What is your burden and passion? In Chapter 1 of Nehemiah, what was Nehemiah’s burden and passion? It was not building a wall. This wall isn’t even mentioned in the first chapter. For example, it might be “Restore America” or “Transformation of America” as the message. Your message should be one that your audience can understand and relate to their heart -need.
  4. Add value to the vision of your audience. For this you need to know the need of your audience. This is heart question. What is the heart of your audience? Now you need to communicate your message in terms of the heart need. With Nehemiah, the heart need was security. Jerusalem, or what was left of it was destroyed and they were surrounded by enemies. Nehemiah was going to address that by building the wall. Their real need was a unity and oneness and spiritual recovery.  He spoke to that by leading them in building the wall. The wall was the vehicle for the real need. Some years ago in Portland we had discovered using powerful mapping tools a Hispanic community without a church and needing one. Their want was ESL classes to learn English so they could get jobs. We started by addressing their need. We can confuse needs and wants if we are not careful. Define each for your audience, then add value.
  5. Define the warfare. What is keeping you from carrying your message forward? Finances? time? education? health? depression? Define your counter strategies for each. If the Lord wants you to deliver this message, He will provide a way if you commit. You’re the “postman”. Your job is to deliver the mail, not fight the dogs.
  6. Go personal. When younger I, like others, kept a journal (still do). I’d  get upset if anyone read it.  Now I journal on Facebook. So does a lot of my tribe. And I want you to read it. The personal posts that I do get read  the most, and are also shared the most.  If you want your posts to go viral, getting your readers to share you is essential. Don’t use Truth to beat others. Build relationships in trust and love.
  7. Evaluate. Make sure you have some type of feedback system to measure your on-going success.

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Portland Riots – Restoring America – Carl Townsend

Portland riot  - May, 2015

Portland riot – May, 2015 [ creative commons]

A friend of mine that travels about to install these beautiful outdoor LED lighting systems (such as the one at Los Angles LAX) flew back on Friday, May 1. He got in town  after a week of work tired and ready to relax, only to discover Portland was having riots and the transportation systems and roads were shut down. He had to drive all the way from PDX (near the heart the city) down to Wilsonville (about an hour) and then back up west around the metro area to Hillsboro on the west side of the city. A very long way home for the tired guy that needs his family.

Down in Garland TX it seems very strange to me that these ISIS guys trying to kill did their planning on social media and Obama’s million-dollar  (or is it billion-dollar) NAS couldn’t pick them up. Yet when a delightful picture of Obama and Sharpton smiling and partying with Baltimore burning behind them surfaced on my Facebook a few days ago, the picture disappeared from Facebook after a very short time. Where is our Constitutional Freedom of the Press and why is Congress letting the morally corrupt crook run the Internet?

Obuma has declared Texas a “hostile” state and has sent Federal troops in to scare the state up. The reality is that the Governor and state authorities are trying to close the border to the illegal aliens and ISIS soldiers that are leaking in there as well as stopping the ISIS groups. Obama, in turn, wants to import the illegals, give ’em free money, and register them to vote Democratic, as well  as building ISIS cells in the US.

At the same time, Obuma is letting Iran have the nuclear bomb and it ticks off the Gulf states – Saudi Arabia’s new king and four of the six don’t plan to attend his “economic summit” this week as a result. They don’t like Obuma giving Iran the nuclear bomb. Nobody trusts him any more.

Stand up, speak out, and act to protect your freedoms. My novel (which you can order from Amazon below) shows how a small church, with God’s help, can turn the nation around.

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 the Nehemiah strategies are applied. The story is driven by characters who have a vision and dream of restoring America and drive changes from that.

Read the First Chapter Free

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Os Hillman – Having Cultural Inflence

omf;uencing American culture

Os Hillman – creative commons

An interview with Os Hillman on having cultural influence.

http://mlcommunity.com/video/an-interview-with-os-hillman-on-having-cultural-influence

Renewing the American Idea

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan – Creative Commons

This is an address given by Paul Ryan at Hillsdale College July 15, 2014. Very, very good and lots of good tutorial material on what is happening in America.

http://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/archives

When the page opens, select the July/August 2014 issue.

 

The Promise of the Dream

What did the dream mean? It was the late eighties, and after church on Sunday someone approached me. There was a visitor there that Sunday, my friend said, and he wanted someone to help him with a dream he had and my friend wondered if I could interpret it for him. I said I would try.

The young man was a brilliant engineer working with ATI, a major company that makes video boards for computers. He was involved in designing their video board for the next generation of computers. His job was to shuttle back and forth each week between Microsoft in Seattle and Intel here in Portland working on the design for that video board.

“Carl,” he said, “I had this dream. In this dream I’m driving from Portland up to Seattle. As I approached the city, there was a dark, dark cloud hanging over Seattle. Then the dream shifted and the next week I’m driving down to Intel in Portland.  As I approached the city, however, there was no dark cloud over Portland. Only sunshine. What does that dream mean?”

“I think I know”, I said, “I think it is a prophecy, a promise. I would like to check this with someone first.”

A few days later I am sitting in the office of Terry Dirks. Those of you who lived in Portland then probably remember Terry. A real giant in the faith. Dr. Joe was the visionary. Terry was his right hand that made the vision happen. Terry was the one that started the International Prayer Initiative here that soon let to that that spiritual tornado that swept Portland in 1992 that led to some 30,000 decisions for the Lord.

tornado

Tornado –
PD-USGOV-DOC-NOAA; PD-USGOV-NOAA.

As I sat in Terry’s office, I shared this engineer’s dream with him.

“What do you think it means?” I asked.

Terry looked at me and then began sharing in that wonderful way that was always pregnant with grace.

“Carl, I’ve heard that dream story over and over again from others. It is always the same. Except there is one difference in the story now from the earlier versions.”

“What?”

“In the earlier versions of the story, there use to be a dark cloud over Portland. It is not there now in these dreams.”

About the same time, one of my former pastors traveled out to the Northwest to lead a conference east of Seattle. I went up to the conference to meet him. To be honest, he was one of the best pastors I have ever have had. I thought it strange he was here, as God had so blessed his church that he was in major demand as a speaker;  yet he almost always turned invitations down. He said was called as a shepherd to his church,  and that was really his job. If you wanted to know what was really going on in his church, intern there. And people did. Why was he doing this conference here in the Northwest?

At one point I took an associate pastor with him aside and asked him that very question. Why did Gordon Cosby from Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC come to the Northwest? The associate looked  at me and said three sentences that still burn in my mind.

“Gordon believes revival will break in America. He believes it will begin in the Northwest. He wants to be here when it happens.”

Gordon made two more trips to the Northwest and I was with him on all of them. Last I heard, he was retired.

I believe there is a promise there from God. He is going to do something in America, and He wants to begin in the Northwest. He wants us to be a part of it. He wants you to be a part of it. There’s a spiritual tornado coming if we are passionate enough to pray for that promise.

(Part II of this post coming VERY soon.)

 

 

 

 

 

Tribute to Ronald Reagan

This is a short video ( ~5 minutes) that we all should watch, appreciate

and fully understand its meaning. It is also one that everyone in

our government should be encouraged to watch

several times, at least until they get it!!!

If you are one of those that do not forward e-mails, please make

this an exception and pass this along .

Ronald Reagan’s church put this together to commemorate the birthday of Ronald Reagan. Unfortunately the war against the evil of liberalism is still alive and well, and we fight it even at Bel Air Presbyterian. The liberal Presbyterians are doing all they can to pervert the church from the inside out. Fortunately the conservative Christians are strong at Bel Air. Ronald Reagan loved Bel Air Presbyterian as I do…Enjoy!

Reagan warns about what we see today – from a speech 40 years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3hY1eagq88

The Search for Leadership

In 2009 I authored a book Beyond Illusion: Leading from Reality about leadership. I was really concerned about leadership in America, which seemed to be failing wherever you looked. Unfortunately, since then, it has only gotten worse.

To quote Chuck Colson (a leader himself), “America is committing suicide”.

get beyond illusionSo as we enter election time, we are promoting this book again. Here is the surprise: This isn’t a political book. The American political parties aren’t mentioned in the book, neither are any specific political names. The “thread” story here is that of Nehemiah in the Bible. At that time Israel was without vision, passion, or security.

Like America today. (PS – if you think America is secure think again. It reminds me of the Toynbee quote in which he said 21 of the 22 great civilizations were destroyed from within, not from without. During just the last few weeks it has been a theater shooting Aurora (Colorado), a massacre in Wisconsin, a shooting at the conservative think tank Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, and then a shooting at the A & M University in the news. And I can also name decisions that show moral and ethical failure by our so-called “leaders”. In contrast, Nehemiah led the Israelites through a major spiritual, physical, and emotional awakening in only 52 days. And he was constantly fighting enemies both within and without.

In this book you will see what Nehemiah did to lead that transformation. You will also meet other Biblical leaders as well as some contemporary leaders. You will also read about several (that’s right, several) spiritual awakenings that have happened in America. You will see what will it take for an awakening to happen again.

Take a look at the Table of Contents, then order your copy while we still have them in stock.

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