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

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

 

 

 

Restoring America – Sweet Cakes by Melissa – Carl Townsend

Sweet Cakes by Melissa

(creative commons)

Restoring America seems to be a major challenge, as America has fallen so far. Last Sunday I had a chance to talk with the Herb Grey, the lawyer for Melissa and Aaron Klein, who are being sued $135,000 by a lesbian couple because their bakery would not make a cake for their “wedding”.  Herb teaches  Sunday School class at my church on this stuff. I saw a major contradiction in the lawsuit, and I asked Herb if I was seeing it right.

“First, the gay “couple” sued them because Melissa’s bakery refused to grant them service. Is that right?”

“That is correct.”

“They went to GoFundMe to set up a site to receive money to pay the fine. Then GoFundMe denied them their service. Nobody, however, sued GoFundMe for denying their service. Is that right.”

“That is correct.”

“That’s a contradiction, isn’t it?”

The lawyer smiled at seeing my insight, put his arm around me, and said simply.

“Double standard.”

His partner in teaching, Doug Lundin, was near. Doug told me  GoFundMe gave a statement on why they denied Melissa and Aaron; but the reason given was not even logically defensible. Currently, one can donate money to Melissa now through Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse.

In our free country, one should be able to start a company,  define their market, and launch on a mission statement based on reaching that market. In other words, I see nothing wrong or illegal with what Melissa or GoFundMe did. I did see, however, a major wrong in the lawsuit launched from the lesbians and judge Alan McCullough. The decision has violated the freedom of Melissa and Aaron, protected by the Constitution.

This is not an isolated case in Gresham, Oregon. It is happening north of us in Washington and other places. Today your freedom is already being stolen in your business, your school, the federal government, and even your church. The Constitution is being trashed. Mr. McCullough, please read in the Bible what happens when you peddle your corrupt judgements. In Genesis 19:4-11 the gay men of Sodom demanded that Lot respond to their entreaties for a homosexual encounter. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. I’ve walked in Israel where the cities once stood. There is nothing but gravel there now. Read another story starting in Judges 19 of the depravity in Israel at another time, the homosexual encounters, and what God did. The last sentence in Judges is “…everyone did what was right in their own eyes”. There was an initial judgement there – from the other tribes. Then God sends Samuel. It is time for America to repent. Time for the restoration of America.

George Otis, Jr. has done quite a bit of research and has identified several places internationally where transformations have  broken out – several hundred places, like fires that explode. It is very real. God is at work today. Then Otis researched to find what was in common with all of these. There were five factors there across all the stories. Two things were common to every single one of the stories. Persevering leadership (Nehemiah  6:1-16) and fervent united prayer (Jonah 3:5-10). The leader of this today is often called a John Knoxer after the man in Scotland who said, “Give me this nation or I die”. In Portland, I often thought of Joe Aldrich (no longer with us) as our city “John Knoxer”. Nationally,, I see Franklin Graham quickly becoming our national “John Knoxer”.

At the moment, I am advising on my blog that if you plan to open a business, don’t start the business in Oregon, as Oregon does not support Constitutional  rights.

More Info: http://www.thefederalistpapers.org/christian-nation-2/radical-gay-rights-group-plotted-with-government-to-punish-oregon-bakers

 

And for the rest of us – 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.

Read the First Chapter Free

 

Healing of the Hearts – Sample Chapter book 2

FireDancer - A step of faith

(Experiencing God’s Love – creative commons)


Healing of the Hearts