Dear Champion of the Lord and the Preborn,
The Lord richly bless you! Just returned from Idaho and the sparks flew. On the plane ride I met a young man who knew not the Lord nor was obeying His Gospel. I pray our divine appointment has altered his life forever. I gave him the book that I was reading and ministered to him God's word. The book is by Chuck Colson and it is called "The Faith." The title is based upon Jude:3, which states, "Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for "the faith" which was once delivered unto the saints."
Mr. Colson recognizes a three-fold problem, the secularization of the West with its anti-theism mentality, the threat of Islam, and an "emerging church" that is abandoning sound doctrine and Biblical teaching for experiences, music, and entertaining ways to present a non-offensive Jesus and a watered down Gospel. I highly recommend this book as it calls us back to contend for the original faith that not only conquers the sinful nature within man, but pagan nations in history as well (which America is swiftly becoming).
The man's name is Travis. He promised to read the book. If you would, please offer a prayer for his soul that he would surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
I arrived about midnight at our host home, the Mund family. They were the host and hostess with the mostest. It was Tom Munds who sowed, prepared, and showed us great hospitality while storming the gates of hell in Idaho. Their home is gorgeous nestled in a valley with majestic mountains in the background. Sleep came about one o'clock in the morning. By four o'clock, I awoke burdened in my spirit. The two passages of Scripture that was going over and over in my mind were "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance...Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth (2 Peter 3:9;1 Timothy 2:4)."
The next morning most of the men invited to preach at the "Shake the Nation" conference went to the local death camp. We arrived at Planned Parenthood. While the local small remnant were setting up signs, I felt compelled to walk inside and declare the message of God's word. Pastor Bill Dunfee from Ohio and Pastor Mark Kiser from Missouri covered my back. Needless to say, the receptionist's jaw dropped. She ran immediately to get the executive director or manager. Her name was Anita. This lady was not your usual flaming pro-abort. She was actually reasonable and listened while God's warning was presented. She did, however, asked, if we could go outside. Once there, I reiterated the Lord's message that He was not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. He was not willing that His babies perish by abortion, nor her soul perish in her sins. She responded with typical Planned Parenthood rhetoric, but I exhorted her that God desired her to be saved and acknowledge the truth. She obviously was uncomfortable and went back inside. However, God's mail was delivered.
Afterward, we set up outside and the local folks were thrilled. Pastor Bill Dunfee, Dr. Gregory Thompson, Coach Dave Daubenmire, and I tagged team preached and it created no small stir. About a half dozen police cars or so came by. They warned us about sound, where we stood, and a host of other issues. Apparently, God's word was having impact. Otherwise those who defend the indefensible are not called to harass those standing in the gap and making up the hedge.
From there we did a powerful radio interview. The host Matt Slick from www.carm.org
invited all of us to sit in a room and give his audience heaven. We challenged the Church and particularly men to connect their testosterone with Biblical Christianity. Later, we split up in two teams. One went to Boise and the other to Caldwell. Little did we know that the powers that be, the champions of tolerance and diversity who promote a "hate free zone Idaho," demanded our host churches cancel the event. Articles filled the newspapers warning the communities that radical born-again bigots, homophobes, and anti-choice zealots were disturbing their utopia of peace and harmony. The Interfaith Alliance (Otherwise known as the synagogue of Satan and heresy) pleaded, "We ask that as church leaders you reconsider and withdraw your offer to allow this very divisive group to use the First Baptist Church to spread its message of hate and disregard the laws of America." Clearly, as Flip Benham from Operation Save America has declared, "truth is hate to those that hate the truth."
While we were preaching, about twenty sodomites set up outside the church to protest. They were gone by the time we were done. The next day the teams switched and the controversy grew. All in all, we had a few Christians decide that they were no longer going to be spectators while our nation was rapidly descending into the abyss. They would participate, come out of their comfort zones, and give God a reason to show mercy to our nation at a time we are begging for increased judgments.
On the returned flight home, there was another divine appointment. This time it was a homeschool mom that is struggling with some prodigals. She wept openly as we prayed and looked to God's word for comfort in the midst of the battle. All in all, it was a powerful time advancing the cause of Christ, His kingdom, and great salvation amongst the folks in Idaho. There may be future opportunities for another Shake the Nation conference, a Kingdom Leadership Institute, and some were even interested in establishing a Rachel's Park Memorial in their area. Please keep these possibilities in prayer. Thanks for all your love, prayers, and support.
IN KING JESUS' SERVICE,