The Name of God

December 5, 2009
“Now I know that the Lord saveth His anointed;
he will hear him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.
“Some trust in chariots, some in horses,
but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.”
Psalms 20:6-7

I was stopped when I read this again (for the 100th time!) I like it a ton, but it finally hit me: the psalmist is not comparing the strength and might of the Lord God with the strength and might of the tools of this world. He is comparing the NAME of the Lord with the tools of this world.

“We will remember the NAME of the Lord,..”

Just the mere mention of God’s name should stop chariots and horses. Trust, confidence and that overwhelming sense of victory should arise at the slightest reference to that name. For the author of this psalm anyway, he had a reckless confidence in just the name of God.

I imagine him on a battlefield with the enemy bearing down with all of their war machines; arrows in hand with the bows stretching taunt, horses frothing and breathing in step with their pounding hooves. Trumpets blasting the sound of the charge barely drown out the din of war elephants sounding the alarm. Chanting from the foot soldiers adds to the calamity.

Then, this one guy, a poet-warrior leaning on a rock watching all of this effort straightens himself and says “Jehova.”

The animals all stop instantly. The war elephants settle and the charging horses slow to a trot and stop. The archers look back and forth at each other and loosen their bows. Generals look at the animals in total confusion, then their eyes drift across the field to this lone warrior-poet-king.

The pagan priest, knife in hand over a lamb, stops cold to see what the newly awkward silence is. He looks over his shoulder away from his false altar. All that can be heard is the bleating of the lamb.

That is the name of the Lord.


Todd Bentley Answers Critics of Revival

June 12, 2008

Many people in the Body have raised many questions about the validity of the revival going on in Lakeland, Florida. Many opinions are flying, yet few people are openly interacting about the topics in question. Perhaps it is time to handle some of these questions directly.

The following is a letter from Todd Bentley and the Fresh Fire team, “Bringing Biblical Light to Your Questions about the Lakeland Outpouring & Todd Bentley”

It answers many of the critiques of the revival.

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June 8, 2008

Dear Friends,

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and for hearing my heart on some of the issues that seems to be causing division and some confusion in the Body of Christ. Throughout the Old and New Testaments and in every age following, as far as I can determine, the Lord has given His people dreams and visions, signs and wonders, heavenly encounters and divine supernatural experiences that, for the most part, we cannot understand with our intellect. In the spiritual realm, God isn’t limited by our thinking!…

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Prophet BOB JONES TRANSCRIPT FROM FLORIDA Revival

May 15, 2008

Prophet Bob Jones gives a word to the First Nations people in Lakeland, Florida at the Florida RevivalHere is the transcript from Prophet Bob Jones from the Florida Revival and Healing Outpouring in Lakeland, Florida.

Transcribed by Sandy Warner, www.thequickenedword.com

The following is the Word of the Lord through prophet Bob Jones
with Todd Bentley at the Lakeland Florida revival, 5/13/08 evening service, via God TV.

THE GOLDEN EARRING

BOB JONES: “This is what the Lord would say to thee: Tell them of My way. What do I require of them this day, so that they may draw close to Me and stay that way continually? For I have come close to them this night. I brought the golden earring you see. And the awl was to pierce your ear to where you would ever be a love slave to Me. For I say those who are love slaves to Me will be the closest to Me you see. They will come and minister to Me. They will say unto Me how they love Me and how I am everything to them both night and day.

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Lakeland Airport Revival Photos

May 13, 2008

Lakeland Airport Revival Photos in Lakeland, Florida of the Florida Revival and Healing Outpouring Here are the much awaited Lakeland Airport revival photos.

Follow this link.

Todd Bentley was on fire, as was the rest of Fresh Fire ministries, Roy Fields, David Tomberlin, Jim Drown, and the rest of the team.

God Tv (god.tv) delivered another global broadcast of this history-making event: 15,000 people from around the world stormed the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport for a gorgeous, all-night meeting that went down in the history books for the shear fact of exposure.

In a divine appointment at lunch today running into Pastor Stephen Strader, he mentioned that now ALL the Christian media is attempting to broadcast, and that CIM was broadcasting the revival in the later parts of the afternoon around the country.

The media delivery is what sets this revival apart!

Also be praying for a new location for the revival as they consider obtaining an inflatable dome to house the hungry souls! Stay tuned for more details.

Worshippers at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport causing a dust cloud, dancing in the spirit. Worshippers at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport causing a dust cloud, dancing in the spirit. (Click for more photos.)
A person from abroad come to worship God at the Florida Revival A person from abroad come to worship God at the Florida Revival. (Click for more photos.)

You can obtain FREE high resolution images of the revival by requesting any you like at photos@christiancrunch.com.

God Bless!


Church Kids Less Affected by Poverty

October 24, 2007

This is an interesting finding by the academic authors of The Role of Religious and Social Organizations in the Lives of Disadvantaged Youth.

They say:

Overall, we find strong evidence that youth with religiously active parents are less affected later in life by childhood disadvantage than youth whose parents did not frequently attend religious services. These buffering effects of religious organizations are most pronounced when outcomes are measured by high school graduation or non-smoking and when disadvantage is measured by family resources or maternal education, but we also find buffering effects for a number of other outcome-disadvantage pairs. We generally find much weaker buffering effects for other social organizations.

Though this, in itself, is profound, what they said next I thoroughly appreciate.

Our data do not allow us to determine to what extent the buffering effects are driven by religious organizations actively intervening in the lives of disadvantaged youth (through tutoring, mentoring, or financial assistance) as opposed to providing the youth with motivation, values, or attitudes that lead to better outcomes.

The authors ascertain that the data is inconclusive, but my experience tells me that this is a valid conclusion. Coming from a church background, I can tell you that when I was a child and my family was in need I hardly recall any actual help or intervention (barring the odd ‘practicing’ Christian.)

What happened more often was a shunning from the church for those who are “down-and-outers.” It is more likely to be treated as if that person dealing with poverty was being punished by God. This is hardly acceptable behavior.

What I DO reflect on often are the motivating teachings, and the passion and fervor I felt to live a life with purpose. What I DID gain from the church was reliance on God.

How we deal with this apparent dichotomy of wonderful teaching versus poor doing I will leave for the philosophers to resolve.


Hey, Jude, Are You Even A Book In the Bible?

October 23, 2007

Why do these guys always look down?Jude. Jude. I had to think just to remember where that was? Oh, yeah, one of the obscure ones just before Revelation.

Someone had inquired of me about the word ‘rebuke’ in Jude verse 9. (Yes, it is such a short book/letter of the Bible that they decided against even using chapters!)

In Jude 9 it is written: “Yet, Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he distputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord Rebuke thee.” (KJV.)

So, I checked the Strong’s reference for ‘rebuke.’ Now, there are plenty of other Greek words that have been translated into “rebuke”. I will just stick to this one real quick.

Because the word was ‘Epitimao’, I assumed that it had something to do with being removed from the center (‘epi’ being the Greek preposition often used with regards to the center.)

Well, being wrong has never bothered me before, and being wrong here was more enlightening than anything.

The two root words, epi + timao, carry something a little different here. It is as if to say, “I will let the Lord affix your value”, or “Let the Lord decide on your value (with a negative assumption to imply that He will find your value as very little and cast you off)”.

Now, I know that the latter is quite a leap, but when you look at the two words they really carry this sort of meaning. (That is, without an exhaustive study on the tone of the actual Greek.)

I found it quite interesting that the word would be translated as ‘rebuke’ in this one instance. Why would it not be translated “The Lord judge you” or “Let the Lord judge your worth”? I will leave the intense study to the scholars.

For now I will take from this brief study the knowledge that it is the Lord who should estimate one’s value. Even the archangel felt that it was not his place. We can leave the same critique of those around us to God, and seek Him for the value of others around us.

After all, who would want to judge the value of another, only to be “rebuked” by the Lord?!


Holy vs. Common; Clean vs. Unclean.

October 18, 2007

“They are to teach my people to difference between the holy and the common and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean.”

Ezekiel 44:23 

In Ezekiel 44, we find that he is having another wacky vision. (Crazy prophets, huh?)

Here, though, he hits on something really profound. As Christians, we know that we are a holy priesthood (Exodus 19:6). We know that we are to be set apart in all of our ways.

So are we? Do our lives show the people around the difference of the holy and the common? Is there a difference from the way you do business and the way others do business? Is there a difference from the way you treat your family than the way others do? Do we live in a way that others can better distinguish between the unclean and the clean?

Thought for the day: observe yourself throughout the day.

Look for whether or not your life is really that much different than the life of those around you. Ask yourself if you are living in a way that illustrates to the people around you the difference between the holy and the common; the clean and the unclean.